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Vocational subjects remain top choice

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , July 24, 2014
First Published: 16:15 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 16:46 IST(24/7/2014)

Vocational courses once again remained favourite among students this admission season.

College principals said that psychology, sociology, journalism and functional English remained the most sought after even among various vocational courses.

Sector-32 SD College principal Bhushan K Sharma said, “There has been a decline in the number of students opting for bachelor of arts as more and more students are now opting for vocational courses. There has been an increase of over 30 percent in the demand for vocational courses”.

Attributing the rising demand to the realisation that the courses offered by many engineering colleges that have mushroomed on the periphery of the city over the years would not procure jobs, DAV College-10 principal
BC Josan said, “Now students have realized that such courses are do not yield anything. Students are now taking up courses which are job-oriented: vocational course get students jobs.”

With the rise in demand for vocational courses, city colleges demand an increase in the number of seats. For now, only a few private colleges in the city offer the courses. Colleges say that keeping in view the demand for the course, government colleges must also be permitted to start such courses.

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Meanwhile, this year witnessed a surprising trend: a rise in the number of takers for bachelor in sciences (BSc) in both medical as well as nonmedical stream, especially the latter. All seats for BSc have been allotted.

This year, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had granted permission to start two new vocational courses: bachelor in retail management and bachelor in food processing. For now, the courses are only offered SD College. Of the 25 seats for the retail management course, 24 have been allotted while for the second course, 18 of the 25 seats have been filled up.

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