In Delhi University, add- on courses are the ‘in thing’ right now. From Nanotechnology to Gemology, colleges are outdoing each other in introducing newer courses every year.
There are some colleges however, that are missing out in the action due to infrastructural problems. Colleges with double shifts are at a disadvantage, as they cannot hold these courses after college hours like other morning colleges.
Dyal Singh College has however found a smart way out. It wants to start add-on courses in Tax Management, Bio Informatics and GIS this year and perhaps what may be a first time for DU, plans to hold the classes from 7 to 9 pm, after the evening shift gets over.
The college also plans to arrange conveyance for girl students to drop them home, cost of which will be shared by students. Other colleges however have other problems.
“We hardly have enough space for classes. With this infrastructure we cannot start add-on courses even though we really want to,” said RM Bhardwaj, principal, PGDAV College (Evening).
“We cannot hold these classes after evening shift as that would be very late. We are however exploring other possibilities,” he said. Motilal Nehru College authorities face a similar problem.
“Like so many other colleges, we also want to offer our students add-on courses but are helpless. Soon after the morning shift, the evening one starts and because we have Science stream, lot of space is required for students,” said Ramesh Sharma, principal of the college.
Even those colleges without an evening shift face other infrastructural constraints. “We are introducing language certificate courses in French, German and Spanish from this year. But there are so many courses like Tour and Travel and International Marketing that we want to start but cannot due to constraint of space,” said principal MS Rawat.