To crack BMS entrance,applicants make a beeline for coaching centres

With over 22,000 students vying for around 840 seats of Delhi University’s new four-year undergraduate course,applicants of Bachelor in Management Studies — registrations for which closed on Monday — are looking at coaching institutes to bolster their prospects.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2013 2:03 am

With over 22,000 students vying for around 840 seats of Delhi University’s new four-year undergraduate course,applicants of Bachelor in Management Studies — registrations for which closed on Monday — are looking at coaching institutes to bolster their prospects.

Till now,DU colleges used to offer three courses — BBE (Bachelor of Business Education),BFIA (Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis) and BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies) — at the undergraduate level. Under the four-year format,these course have been replaced by BMS.

The university has announced that the BMS course,the curriculum for which was formed with the help of Faculty of Management Studies,will be offered in six colleges — Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies,Keshav Mahavidyalaya,Bhim Rao Ambedkar College,Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College,Maharaja Agrasen College and College of Vocational Studies. The entrance test has been scheduled for June 26.

Despite scoring 97 per cent in commerce in Class XII,Divya Gupta wants to pursue BMS instead of an Honours degree in Commerce or Economics. She has paid Rs 15,000 for coaching classes.

“Two years ago,my sister had taken coaching for BBE,but could not crack it. She suggested that I join a month-long training course as soon as my Board exams got over,” Divya said.

Many coaching institutes,including Career Launcher,IMS and Pratham Study Centre,have study programmes designed specifically for those applying for the course.

According to an official at Pratham,the coaching centre offers a month-long crash course at a fee of Rs 16,000. It also offers a year-long course to Class XII students for Rs 27,000. “All subjects tested in the entrance exam — logical reasoning,mathematics,general awareness and English — are covered in our classes,” he said.

Parthvi Khandelwal came to Delhi from Haldwani. Uttarakhand,almost a month ago to take coaching for the entrance test.

“The competition is very tough. Coaching is essential because the syllabus for the entrance test is vast and there is very little time to prepare on your own,” Parthvi,who scored 77 percent in the commerce stream,said.

“Since I have not scored well in Class XII,I do not want to take any chances,” Parthvi said.

Colleges,however,maintained that coaching centres do not provide much help to crack the exam. “It is indeed very sad that students spend so much money on coaching centres. Our students who took coaching classes,said it was their hard work that helped them qualify for the course. Books and practice papers are available in the market. Students should just solve these questions,” Poonam Verma,principal of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies,said.

Teachers against biometric system

A group of teachers met DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh on Monday to apprise him of the impact of biometric attendance for teachers. According to former president of DUTA (Delhi University Teachers’ Association) Aditya Narain Mishra,the biometric system “would affect the teaching-learning process and morale of the teachers… lead to a mechanisation of university life”.

Months after the High Court directed the university to implement a biometric attendance system for teachers,it has issued a notice to Singh and Registrar Alka Sharma over a contempt petition filed in April for not making implementing the system. Justice G S Sistani has sought replies from them and listed the matter for August 7. Ens

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