Students of BCom professional course, especially of the current batch, at various colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) are in panic following vice-chancellor AS Brar announcing the university’s decision to drop the course, which was not recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The announcement also came as a blow to many GNDU-affiliated colleges, which were offering the course to students for the past 14 years.
Hundreds of students from DAV College, Hathi Gate, on Wednesday blocked the road outside the college to protest against the university’s decision and slammed Brar of running an unrecognised course for the past 14 years.
DAV College principal Rajesh Kumar said, “As an educationist, it’s my duty to standby my students, who are panicked due to the sudden decision taken by the university.”
“Their anxiety is justified, as after passing out the course, they will be carrying homes unrecognised degrees. The students told me that neither the government nor private sectors would entertain them. They said their course content would be questioned wherever they apply for a job. Hence, the university owes a responsibility towards the students and the V-C should find a solution and pacify the panicked students.”
The principal said, “The announcement came as a surprise, as the course was discontinued after 14 years. When the course was adopted, the university authorities knew that it did not fall under the UGC nomenclature, then why did they go ahead with it? Nearly 12,000 BCom professional students caught unaware by GNDU announcement. I know if the state universities want, they can get this course recognised by the UGC. Instead of discontinuing the course, the university should have got it regularised and commissioned.”
Punnet Aggarwal, a BCom professional student at DAV College, said “The vice-chancellor says he will shift us in BCom regular courses, but I don’t want to do BCom regular. We are paying double the amount for BCom professional. The only solution is to refund our money and then shift us to the regular course so that we get a recognised degree. And in case there is no provision of refund, we will not cosider anything less than a BCom honours degree.”
“We will be knocking at the V-C’s door to know that what prompted him to take the decision. For 14 years, university offered an unrecognised course, why did not they stop it then? The decision came after we had paid for the course. Who will give us a job, our course content would be questioned in government and private sectors. The V-C should at least give us BCom regular or honours degree, as we want a recognised degree for a safe future,” said Palak Gupta, a student.