tribune news service
Amritsar, June 29
Vocational and professional courses seem to be attracting most of the city youth during this admission season in the holy city. Most of the undergraduate students have shown a keen interest in professional courses, according to the counselling being conducted at various colleges.
Offering a wide range of streams from medical to applied arts along with various add-on courses, one of the most prominent college for girls, BBK DAV College for Women, is witnessing a heavy footfall of young girls. Most of them are opting for professional courses such as Bachelors of Design and Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) among others.
Talking about the choice of subjects in this academic season, Dr Arya (Admission Convener) said, “It is not that students are not interested in studying traditional subjects such as mathematics, political science, English honours, but there is a major inclination towards the professional degrees such as BA in journalism and Mass Communications, Bachelors of Design, Bachelors in Vocational Education in entertainment technology.”
Explaining the reason behind the change, principal, DAV College, Amritsar, Dr Rajesh Kumar, said, “Students nowadays are opting for professional courses like one can pursue graduation in journalism and mass communications and can go for subjects such as tourism and travel, mass communications and video production while pursuing their regular Bachelors of Arts degrees.”
“The idea behind the craze for such courses is to be financially independent as soon as possible. Nevertheless, there are students who are still following the traditional streams and commerce is one such subject”, he added.
Most of the students citied the scope of the subject and a job-oriented result as the reason for going in for such courses. Megha Chopra, who plans to pursue Bachelors in Design, said, “I want to be an interior designer. Studying design is not boring and one can simultaneously earn as well. I might start my own venture.”
Talking about the youngsters’ interest in both the traditional as well as the professional courses, Prof Sukhmani Bedi, Dean Academics, Khalsa College, said, “Students in our college are opting for both the traditional as well the professional courses. They are going in for interesting subjects, as political science and music, too. However, there is an inclination towards professional courses.”