Multidisciplinary colleges of DU

Potpourri of courses Some colleges of Delhi University offer a wide range of programmes that are not just popular with their students but are also high on demand among recruiters in the industry

education Updated: Jun 19, 2015 20:59 IST
Rozelle Laha
Rozelle Laha
Hindustan Times
Delhi University,Dyal Singh College,Lady Irwin College

Be it science courses or arts or commerce, these colleges offer a pool of options to students, to choose from. Interestingly, some of the colleges offer specialised courses that are high on demand among recruiters in the industry. These courses are meant especially for students aiming to gain job-oriented skills and expertise.

College of Vocational Studies is a popular choice among students for the skill oriented courses that it offers. The college attracted at least 25 unique companies on their campus during the last academic year. “Our courses are very job-oriented and we are perhaps one of the few colleges offering such specialisations. These are BA (vocational studies) human resource management; BA (VS) management and marketing of insurance; BA (VS) marketing management and retail business; BA (VS) materials management; BA (VS) office administration and secretarial practice; BA (VS) small and medium enterprises; and, BA (VS) tourism. These degree courses are in high demand in the industry. “The college is also planning to introduce a bachelor’s of vocational courses in retail management and software development this year onwards. These are degree courses,” says Dr Inderjeet Dagar, principal, College of Vocational Studies.

The college has also applied for BA (hons) in Hindi and English. Inspections for the same have been completed and final approvals are awaited.

Not every student applying at Delhi University chooses to study the subject in which he or she might have obtained the highest score. Some go for courses that they think will give them a better mileage in the long run. As Shivangi Kapoor, a second year student at the college says, “I obtained 96% in my business studies paper in Class 12 but have still opted for English (Hons) as it was my passion and will help me build a strong base for pursuing media studies or doing an MBA.”

Dyal Singh College is another popular college among students looking for admissions to various disciplines in the university. The college’s location is an added advantage. It has also been bagging a good number of innovation projects and pushing students to go in for research.

“We have been bagging more and more innovation projects, year after year. Last year we had bagged seven innovation projects compared to four the year before,” says I S Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College. “We have applied for BA (hons) in Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit and philosophy and BSc (hons) in computer science and are waiting for approvals,” adds Bakshi.

The college has collaborated with the with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) for skill oriented courses. The course is optional for students. It also has a MoU with National Institute of Immunology (NII) under a programme titled “Science Setu.”

“The NII programme will motivate youngsters to take up a career in science going forward, as we find many students moving into other disciplines,” says Bakshi.

Being well connected to the metro and with hostel facility on campus, Lady Irwin College is a popular choice. Its international tie-ups also enable students to get global exposure at the undergraduate level. It is also one of the few colleges in the university that offer both undergraduate and post graduate studies. This helps students develop a holistic mindset in development studies.

“Many of the students have gone abroad from our college. All five postgraduate programmes are surely not directly job-oriented but if they have a community connect these courses can give them an edge over students from other universities,” says Dr Anupa Siddhu, director, Lady Irwin College. Their collaborative student exchange programme with Michigan State University for postgraduate students is very popular among students. The college also has research tie-ups with UNICEF and universities like the University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany.

Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College (ARSD) offers two courses of commerce - BCom and BCom (hons). Both these courses are highly popular among students. The Commerce faculty of the college is highly qualified and much admired by the students. Where extracurricular activities are concerned, the institute has very active dramatics, cultural, debating, film appreciation societies, NSS and NCC wing.

“It is among the first few colleges of Delhi University to be selected as the incubation centre by MSME,” says Nidhi Bansal, assistant professor, department of commerce of ARSD College.

General colleges

Here’s a list of popular destinations in Delhi University for students looking for job-oriented courses

Lady Irwin College

Programmes: The college offers BSc (pass) home science, BSc (hons) home science, BSc food technology, MSc, BEd, post graduate diploma in dietetics and public health nutrition and BEd mental retardation

Facilities: The college has two separate hostel buildings, one for the undergraduate students and the other for postgraduate and PhD scholars.The hostel is Wi-Fi enabled and the college has library, canteen, computer resource centre, hostel and a placement cell. It is ideally situated in the cultural hub of Delhi with close access to art galleries, museums, exhibition grounds, theatre, music and dance facilities and is well connected by the metro.

Placement cell: There is no one campus placement facility for undergraduate students. Those willing to go for placements are sent to the DU central placement cell. Placements are held for post graduate students

Safety factor: The hostel promotes zero ragging of students and bans smoking zone on campus

Linked to tech: The college has three labs with 40 computers each. The building is Wi-Fi enabled.

Link: number: 011-23711222 nearest Bus stop: Tilak Bridge

Metro station: Mandi House

College of vocational studies

Programmes: The college offers vocational courses like tourism, computer sciences, management and marketing. BA courses economics, history, English, business economics and BCom are equally popular. The college also offers certificate courses in French and German.

Facilities: The college offers facilities for sports, including for cricket, hockey, football and volleyball. Hostel facility is not available; however, there are a number of private hostels and paying guest facilities available in the area around the college.

Placement cell: The college has a placement-cum-training cell which is working in the college and arranges for the training and placement of students.

Safety factor: CCTVs are installed at the entry gates and within the college. The college has a very strong and pro-active cell against sexual harassment.

Linked to tech: The College is Wi-Fi enabled and has two computer labs and a digital electronic lab.

Link: Contact number: 01129258544 nearest Bus stop: Sheikh Sarai - CVS

Metro station: Malviya Nagar

Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma

Programmes: The college offers BA economics, BA English, BA Hindi, BA history, BA political science, BCom, BCom, BSc physical science , BSc chemistry, BSc computer science, BSc electronics, BSc mathematics, BSc physics, MA English, MA Hindi, MA political science, MCom, BSc applied physical science and BA (Programme).

Facilities: The college has a seminar room, well equipped physics, chemistry, computer, electronics, biology laboratories, a library, common rooms for girls and boys, a canteen, and an administrative block. It also has a playfield for cricket, football and hockey and well maintained courts.

Placement cell: Around 150 students have been placed this year. A number of companies have approached the placement cell for summer internships.

Safety factor: The campus is under CCTV camera surveillance and it has a pro-active cell against sexual harassment to ensure safety of students on campus.

Linked to tech: The college has a computer laboratory with 150 computers and good internet connectivity.

Dyal Singh College

Programmes: College offers BA in economics, English, Hindi, history, political science, geography, BCom and BSc in life sciences, botany, chemistry, mathematics, physics, physical science, physical science-computer science and zoology.

Facilities: The college has disabled-friendly lifts and sports facilities in basketball, volleyball, cricket, badminton courts and football and others. For students taking admission this year, admission fee can also be submitted online and in case of withdrawal of admission from the college, the fee can be refunded through net banking to the account of the student.

Placement cell: The placement cell is involved in organising seminars, interactive recruitment sessions and workshops.

Safety factor: The campus in under CCTV camera surveillance.

Linked to tech: The college has four computer labs with over 200 computers.

Link: number: 01124367819 nearest Bus stop: Lodhi Road, JLN Stadium Dyal Singh College Metro station: JLN Stadium

First Published: Jun 17, 2015 15:46 IST