The Mumbai university is expecting a 10 per cent increase in the number of students enrolling for B.Com after they changed the admission eligibility.
On Wednesday, the academic council of the University of Mumbai opened up B.Com degree for students of all streams to encourage interdisciplinary study. Now, Class 12 students of all streams — arts, commerce and science — can apply for a commerce graduation.
Earlier, apart from commerce students, only those arts and science students who had done three commerce subjects could opt for B.Com. But will colleges be able to accommodate the increased demand for commerce seats? “We have a provision at the university level to increase the intake capacity of a college by 10 per cent in every course if required. So, the increase in applications should not be a problem,” said Dr Siddheshwar Gadade, dean of commerce faculty.
Colleges have to write to the university informing it of the requirement to increase the seats. The varsity then clears the application. The dean also said that the admission would be merit based irrespective of the stream of the applicant.
Colleges will be sent a notification in the next 15 days. About 550 colleges affiliated to the university offer the B.Com course and about one lakh students apply for B.Com every year.
“It is an excellent move that will give students another chance to pursue what they want,” said Sandhya Devanji, principal of Mulund College of Commerce. “Today most engineering students look for consultancy and finance jobs even after an IIT, so opening up B.Com to all would give all students a chance at the graduation level.”
Students are hoping this will be the beginning of change. “Hopefully, the university will get as flexible as universities abroad where we can major in finance as well as music,” said 18-year-old Hemal Modi, a Class 12 commerce student.