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Job-oriented courses at Mumbai University trend this admission season

The number applications for all courses is likely to increase as the university has extended the deadline for pre-admission registration and application to colleges from June 11 and 12, respectively, to June 18.

College admissions 2018 Updated: Jun 23, 2018 16:15 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
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Popularity of self-financed courses at Mumbai University is rising.(HT FiIe)

Self-financed courses such as Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) and BSc Information Technology (BSc IT) are emerging as the most popular courses in science and arts streams respectively at the University of Mumbai (MU) this year.

As of Saturday, 42,068 students had applied for BMM, while 35,532 had applied for BA. The number of applications for BSc (IT) reached 40,799 – a tad more than 40,529 applicants for the regular BSc courses.

With 1.7 lakh applications, however, BCom remains the most popular course across all faculties.

The number applications for all courses is likely to increase as the university has extended the deadline for pre-admission registration and application to colleges from June 11 and 12, respectively, to June 18.

Self-financed courses are specialised job-oriented courses. As their name suggests, the colleges do not receive any grant from the government to run them.

The colleges recover the expenses by charging higher fees from students admitted in these courses.

Ever since they were introduced in 2001, the demand for the self-financed courses is on an upward trajectory, even though their intake is much lower, and they are more expensive.

The trend indicates a major shift in aspirations of students in the city. According to Agnelo Menezes, principal, St Xavier’s College, the shift from traditional courses to job-oriented courses will be a loss of scholarship, he does not blame the students for pursuing them. “The job market is becoming tighter. And many students want to be employable after graduation,” he said.

Last year, despite the growing popularity of self-financed courses, BA, BCom and BSc were the most sought-after courses in their respective faculties. The varsity had received 84,201 applications for BSc, more than 82,874 applications received for BSc (IT). Similarly, BA had garnered more applications (66,856) than BMM (66,190). Around 3.02 lakh students had applied for BCom, compared to 1.54 lakh applicants for Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) - the second most popular course.

According Menezes, the growing popularity of BMM does not indicate any loss of sheen for BA.

“Much of the demand for BMM is because of the hype around the course. Unlike BA, it’s an all-pervasive course focusing on media,” he said. BSc (IT) serves as a kind of a para-engineering course for students who cannot get into engineering, he added.

He said for many students even BSc is a backup plan, in case their engineering aspirants don’t materialise.

First Published: Jun 10, 2018 00:08 IST