BCom professional course would not to be a part of the curriculum at Guru Nanak Dev University from the academic session from 2015-2016 session, said vice-chancellor AS Brar.
The decision came at an academic council meeting of the university held in January 2015.
At the meeting, principals of various GNDU-affiliated colleges raised the issue that Bcom professional degree course was not under the University Gants Commission’s (UGC) nomenclature, hence it should be stopped.
Elaborating on the decision, Brar said, “According to the UGC guidelines, there should be uniformity in the courses being run by the university and if that’s not the case, the degrees issued for the course won’t be recognised by the UGC, which has in turn also affected the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rating of GNDU. So, I have to abide by the decision of majority.”
However, the announcement came as a blow to many private colleges affiliated to GNDU and created panic among students of the current BCom professional batch.
The course was started by the university in 2001 and was successfully running in various affiliated colleges for around past 14 years.
Prof Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, registrar, GNDU, said, “Earlier, the UGC was not that strict with its guidelines, as private university culture was not booming at that time. The UGC guidelines are in favour of the students, who will get quality and economical education in government universities. With the UGC coming out with a uniform list of courses, our university has to abide by it.”
However, the students of BCom professional course need not to panic, as their degree is not illegal, it is only that it’s not recognised by the UGC, which doesn’t stop them from getting a postgraduate degree or appear in any competitive exam.
BCom professional course is pursued mainly by students who want to pursue professional courses such as CA and ICWA.
“I assure BCom professional second semester students that their degrees will be recognised by the university in the same way as it has recognised the degrees of 2001 and 02 batches,” the registrar added.
Ajay Kumar, a student of Trai Shatabdi Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Amritsar, said, “Our worry is not that the course is being discontinued by the university, we are worried over the changed syllabus.”
Another BCom professional student Sarabjot Singh said, “We are worried, as we caught unaware about the announced by the V-C. Hope, this change does not affect our future.”
Showing his helplessness, Brar said, “I announced what the majority had decided. Neither I and nor anyone has the power to change the decisions taken by the academic council. Even the syndicate cannot change their decision. Being a V-C, I won’t violate the UGC guidelines, but I assure the students that they will not suffer, as the university degree is recognised.”
“The current batch should also not panic, as after graduation they need to do masters for competitive exams and they are eligible for that. Before discontinuing BCom professional course, we have increased 15 seats in BCom regular and honours from the session 2015-2016. The seats have been increased from 60 to 75.”
The V-C feels the panic is not among the students, but among private colleges, as they have been earning big money, but they won’t be able to fill their pockets now.
“This time a NAAC team has given us 3.51 instead of 3.67 points, because the NAAC wants us to award only those degrees which are recognised by the UGC,” the V-C added.