Second-semester students of the B.Com professional course at colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) in 2014-15 session will be shifted to the B.Com (general) from the next academic session.
GNDU registrar Sharanjit Dhillon in a notification to all colleges has cleared that B.Com professional would not be run from the 2015-16 academic session.
“We cannot change the academic council’s decision. It was a unanimous decision where teachers and principals were sitting in the meeting,” the notification reads.
He also cleared that those who are pursuing the fourth semester under B.Com professional course too would be provided with an option to shift to B.Com from the next semester if they want but they will have to attend extra classes.
“If those who are pursuing their sixth semester in B.Com professional want to delete the word ‘professional’ from their degree should submit the request to their principal immediately. The principal will inform us and we will follow the procedure for this,” he added.
Jaspal Singh Randhawa, principal, Guru Nanak Dev University College, Ladowali Road, said, “We cannot overrule the University Grants Commission’s decision. The university has also provided us additional seats in B.Com course,” he said, adding that colleges were earning money from this course as the fee is double the amount of simple B.Com course.
Rakesh M Sharma, principal, Shaheed Ram Singh Pathania Memorial GNDU College, Niari, Pathankot, said the problem is that colleges find B.Com professional as ‘catchy’ for people to grab money.
“Colleges will suffer huge losses due to discontinuation of the course. Those who have already been admitted will complete their degree, and, therefore, they need not to feel anxious”, said Dhillon.
“We have increased the seats of B.Com degree from 100 to 200 in every college. Those who have done B.Com professional will be recognised throughout India and abroad. We stand by it as the university and will give recognition if students face problem,” he further said.