Even the heat couldn’t deter eager parents and enthusiastic students from making the most of the HT Campus Calling session held last Sunday at St Columba’s School.
“The children seemed quite concerned about their education and careers further down and it’s great that students, their parents and teachers can all interact under one roof. In this process, most of their doubts can be clarified well,” said Dr Diana Cherian Ahluwalia, assistant professor, department of psychology at Lady Shri Ram College, who was also a panelist.
Apart from admissions at DU, speakers at the session also discussed prospects at universities outside Delhi, migration within DU, the new admission procedures, add-on courses and the semester system. A lot of students had queries pertaining to psychology and wanted to know the future prospects offered by the subject post-graduation.
Besides psychology, economics was the second subject that invited lots of queries from aspirants. Students with a background in commerce clarified their doubts pertaining to differences in BCom (hons), economics (hons), bachelor of business studies (BBS), bachelor of financial and investment analysis (BFIA) and bachelor of business economics (BBE). The panelists, helped students clear their doubts about these subjects by informing them about the course content and aptitude required to enjoy each of these subjects.
While Jayesh Adeshra, associate professor, department of economics, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, helped students understand the structure and fundamentals of economics as a subject, Sonia Sareen, placement officer, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Busines Studies, handled queries around placements and gave people a sense of how students with a commerce background fare at the corporate level.
While the atmosphere at the counselling session remained serious and tense, the witty remarks of Vasant Sharma, associate professor, department of English, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, helped lighten hearts and moods considerably. He helped in making students understand the nuances of literature and told them what the course had on offer.
Besides course-specific assistance, students also received overall guidance on important dates by Dr Minoti Chatterjee, principal, Kamala Nehru College. She helped students understand the admission process this year and what they would be required to do once the first cut-off list was out. She also appealed to the students to take an informed decision while settling down for their choice of course. “Know yourself, never hestitate to make choices. Analyse your interest and aptitude and only then take a decision,” Chatterjee advised.
Speaking of his experience at the session, Dr Anil Sarin, Dean (FIT) and professor Manav Rachna International University said, “The questions were very informed. The students had done their homework very well. It is heartening to know that students no longer want to do just a graduation, but want to pursue careers.”