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BPOs trigger DU admission lines

English Honours has become the most popular course in DU, courtesy BPO firms.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 12:50 IST

The mushrooming of call centres and the charm of studying abroad have made English the most sought after subject offered by Delhi University this new academic session.

"English Honours is the most popular course because many who go for it either want to work in call centres or go abroad for further studies. If one has English as a subject, the job avenues are immense," said Bhim Sen Singh, principal of Kirori Mal College.

"A student can pursue any profession or a specialisation course for Masters degree if he/she has English as a subject," Singh said.

"Going to foreign universities with a degree in English has good prospects. Now multinational companies have started looking for people with good English background," said Singh.

According to him, a good number of students join call centres soon after taking admission to the course.

Singh said in recent times courses like biotechnology, biochemistry and microbiology have also become popular due to their demand both in the country and abroad.

"The popularity of English can be gauged by the fact that the course is available in 48 colleges of the university. There are a total of 85 colleges under Delhi University," said SK Vij, dean of students' welfare.

"Admission to the course is one of the most difficult things because of the high cut-off marks. In most colleges students not only have to secure good marks but also have to go through several rounds of tests," said Vij.

"I want to pursue an MBA degree and therefore have opted for English Honours," said Tushar Pandey, a student of St. Columbus School who had secured 83 percent marks in the Class 12 exams.

"I know the percentage is not bad but I am not sure if I will be able to get a seat," he said.

Similar was the reaction of Kanchan Jaiswal (86 per cent). "This course will give an option to select from different career opportunities in future," she said.

Delhi University started its admission for 43,000 undergraduate seats Thursday with the sale of common admission forms in 16 information centres across the city.

Thousands of students queued outside the centres to purchase the forms that are common for most colleges. The university authorities have printed over 200,000 forms this year, double the number sold last year.