With the commencement of the new academic session in private colleges and universities at Gautam Budh Nagar, a new trend has been witnessed as students are now opting for professional, industry-based courses.
As the academic session for these courses kicked off from Monday, students from various states of India arrived at Knowledge Park in Greater Noida. According to a University Grants Commission (UGC) report of 2015, there are nine universities in the Gautam Budh Nagar district.
However, it is not the regular courses such as Bachelor in Arts (BA) and Bachelor in Commerce (B.Com) that are attracting the maximum number of students, but professional courses for forensic sciences, pharmacy, logistics management, computer science and journalism etc.
“My parents wanted me to pursue B.Tech after Class 12, but I decided to pursue journalism as I was more confident about my writing skills. Also, B.Tech has become a regular course now that has limited potential,” said Apoorva, a student of Galgotia University.
At universities such as Amity, Galgotia and Shiv Nadar, students are increasingly opting for professional courses that have more demand among industries than regular ones.
“At Amity University, we offer more than 250 degree programmes, which provides flexibility to students while choosing their career paths. Moreover, we have tie-ups with several companies, therefore choosing a professional course provides exposure to the industry as well,” said Savita Mehta, vice-president, communications, Amity University.
“While we also offer regular courses, our courses that attract the maximum crowd are BJMC (Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication), BA+LLB, B.Com+LLB, computer science and MBA,” added Mehta.
Similarly, at Shiv Nadar University in Dadri, courses in biotech, sociology, and economics are pulling students from states as far as Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. A total of 1,800 students are currently studying in the university.
The university’s vice-chancellor, professor Rupamanjari Ghosh, said, “At Shiv Nadar, we don’t just provide degrees or teach students regular courses, but also train them to promote scientific thinking and reason. One can get a degree from any college, but what is the point of that degree if it doesn’t develop the person.”
The recent trend of students opting for private colleges in Noida and nearby areas can also be attributed to the high cut-offs of colleges affiliated with Delhi University (DU). “I scored 88% in my Class 12 board exams and going by the current trend in DU, I don’t think I had any chance of studying in any of their elite colleges. Therefore, I decided that it is better to take admission in a private institute than in a sub-standard government college,” said Saba, a student of International School of Business and Media in Noida.