Bouquet of options: Architecture students of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University on campus. The university offers a wide range of technical and professional courses such as architecture and medicine
Students aiming for a BCom (hons) degree have one more avenue open. Delhi-based Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) is going to start the 2013-14 year with new features, including a BCom (hons) course.
The three-year course is to be offered at affiliated institutions applying for it. Each college is likely to get 60 seats, the total number depending on the institutes finally offering the course. The reasons for launching a new programme are the university’s focus on professional education and market demand.
“There’s a glut of BBAs in the markets,” says Dilip K Bandyopadhyay, vice chancellor, GGSIPU. Last year, about 500-600 of the 5600 sanctioned seats for BBA remained vacant at the university’s affiliated institutes on the outskirts of the city, he says. (Institutes in central locations could fill up the seats, he adds.) So, institutes may apply to replace the BBA with the BCom (hons), for a combination of the two or to continue with the BBA.
To apply for the BCom (hons) entrance test, aspirants need 50% marks in aggregate in Class 12 or equivalent with a pass in five subjects (one language and four elective subjects). The 2.5-hour entrance test, due on June 8, 3013, will cover general English (25% weight), logical reasoning (25%), data interpretation (35%) and basic general awareness (15%). The result is expected to be out on June 17, 2013.
The authorities propose to teach an induction module to enrolees who have not studied mathematics and computer science of an adequate level in school. Further, they intend to make an arrangement with the respective professional bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India so that students may also pursue chartered accountancy, cost accounting or company secretaryship courses.
Other changes in this admission cycle include scrapping of the personal interview for the MBA course and introduction of online counselling, in collaboration with National Informatics Centre, for BTech and MBA admissions.
GGSIPU has also decided to turn the PG diploma in education leadership and management, launched last year, into a weekend course from this year - given the commitments of the target students.
New school of design
Besides, it is developing a 19-acre east campus at Surajmal Vihar to house a proposed Integrated School of Design, which will include the faculty of architecture and planning (Its School of Architecture and Planning is currently based at the Kashmere Gate campus). The integrated institute is going to offer courses in manufacturing, textile and product design. “We are in a dialogue with NID (National Institute of Design), Ahmedabad, for curriculum development and faculty training,” informs Bandyopadhyay. Construction is to start this year, he says.
Seats on offer
In the university’s various schools, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, government institutes and self-financing colleges/institutes in Delhi, 85% of the seats are for Delhi region candidates, that is, those who have passed the qualifying examination from a school/institute located in Delhi or from a college/ institute affiliated to GGSIP University. At these schools/institutes, 15% of the sanctioned seats are for candidates who have passed the qualifying examination from a school/institute located outside Delhi.
In the case of institutions located outside Delhi in the national capital region, admission will be on a national basis. This year, in the defence quota, wards of ex-servicemen and serving personnel have been kept in one category.
Time to apply
* The last date for submission of forms is April 9, 2013, except for BArch. The application form is on sale at designated branches of the Indian Bank in many cities
* Aspirants can apply online at www.ipu.ac.in
* Common entrance tests for different courses to be held in March, May and June
* No written test for weekend courses as well as for PG diplomas in radiological physics, and educational leadership and management
* Brochures for MBBS, BDS, PG medical and super-speciality medical courses to be out soon
IP undergraduate courses at a glance
BCA, BSc (hons) nursing, lateral entry to BPharma, BA, LLB (integrated), BBA, LLB (integrated), BEd, bachelor of physiotherapy, bachelor of prosthetics and orthotics, BSc (medical lab technology), BHMS, bachelor of audiology and speech language pathology, bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery, BBA & allied programmes, BBA, BBA (banking & insurance), BBA (computer-aided management), BBA (tour and travel management), BBA (modern office management), bachelor of journalism & mass communication, bachelor of hotel management & catering technology, BCom (hons)
The list is not exhaustive. More at ipu.ac.in