By : Kaunain Sheriff M
Even as its stand-off with University Grants Commission (UGC) continues, Delhi University conducted the scheduled entrance test for bachelor of honours in management studies (BMS) on Thursday.
With over 25,000 aspirants battling it out for the 840 seats offered under the programme, the students had more to be worried about than just cracking the entrance. “Honestly, my focus today is on clearing the exam,” said Aniketh, an aspirant who gave the exam at Kirori Mal College. “We don’t know whether the BMS course is going to be a four-year or three-year programme, but we hope the issue is resolved soon and that our admission process goes smoothly. The delay is a concern as I may miss the admission dates for other universities,” said Shreya, another aspirant.
The students expressed mixed emotions about the FYUP controversy. “We face so much pressure to score good marks to get admission, and now this controversy has added to that pressure. I don’t know the merits of FYUP, but I think we should revert back to the old system,” said Arjun, who gave the exam at Ramjas College. “I think the university should act in best interest of the students,” said Anubhav Dubey.
The parents who accompanied a few of the candidates also hope that admission process continues smoothly. “It’s good that the exam was conducted on schedule,” said a parent. He added that the duration of the programme is not a concern and that the focus should be on imparting quality education.
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The BMS programme is the only course where the students will be selected through an entrance exam and counselling. The course is being offered at Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, College of Vocational Studies, Deen Dyal Upadhaya College, Keshav Mahavidalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.