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Where science rules

Among all DU colleges, this one has the largest number of science departments Anshu Dubey reports

education Updated: Dec 09, 2009 09:20 IST
Anshu Dubey

On a 10-acre campus in Dwarka sits Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences (BCAS), a 14-year-old institution that takes its name from the great 12th mathematician-astronomer Bhaskaracharya.

This is the only college of Delhi University offering as many as eight honours courses in science and has the largest number of (11) science departments. As a pure science college, it became famous early on. Recruiters who come during campus interview include Dell, Genpact, ITC and Pearlpet.

Famous for: Its Bachelor’s programmes in food technology. And it is the only college under DU to provide a BSc (Hons) programme in polymer sciences.

Programmes: BASc (Hons) in electronics, food technology, and microbiology; BSc (Hons) in biomedical sciences, computer science, microbiology, physics and polymer science.

Alumni: Dr Kavita Arora, assistant professor in the advanced instrumentation facility of the University Science Instrumentation Centre at JNU; Sudhir Zutshi, assistant director, FMCG and food processing, FICCI

Extra-curricular activities: With a 5 per cent ECA quota, the college has its arms open for students with extra talent. It has various societies for pursuits like music, dance, dramatics, quizzing, debate and creative writing. BCAS also has a mountaineering club and a rock band, named No Gravity. Seminars and conferences of the societies are sometimes conducted by professors from foreign universities.

The college has its own trend of organising a poster-making competition before any seminar, especially if it is on any social topic. This is a welcome break for students. “I enjoy these poster-making competitions as we get a chance to bunk classes officially,” giggles Hasima Kapoor.

The college is active in the NSS and has been participating in the Archaeological Survey of India’s ‘Adopt a heritage’ camp. The NSS wing also works for other causes like cleaning the Yamuna.

Infrastructure: There are 12 departments in all, of which 10 have three laboratories each. In addition to this, there is a conference room, an air-conditioned audio-visual hall, a library spanning three floors with a book bank of 15,000 and 25 international journals, an open-air theatre and indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

Found on campus: “We really enjoy our campus. It has got all the comforts — space, lush green lawns, extensive playgrounds and airy classrooms. There is a water harvesting plant, too,” says Neeru Nagi, a third-year student of computer science.

Bhaskar Chadha, a third-year student of BASc (Hons) electronics, adds, “I am happy to be a part of this college, especially the electronics department, because my programme is comparable with BTech. We are no less than BTech students as we get a proper blend of theory and practical knowledge.”

“Commuting is a big problem here. The college has no pick- and-drop facility and has no bus stand nearby,” says Bharat Khattar, a third-year student. Sakshi Tyagi, a third-year student, has a gripe about the canteen, which she feels is “too small for our college”.

The Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences was set up in October 1995 to impart professional courses in computer science, electronics, instrumentation and food technology. The state-funded college is affiliated to Delhi University. The college started its journey in the old building of BTC, Pusa, and shifted to Dwarka in December 2002