DU's move to merge biz courses sparks outrage

DU's move to merge biz courses sparks outrage

DU's move to merge biz courses sparks outrage

Websites and blogs by students of Delhi University are awash with despair. The decision of Delhi University to merge three business-oriented courses — Bachelor in Business Studies (BBS), Bachelor in Business Economics (BBE), and Bachelor in Financial Investment and Analysis (BFIA) — has not gone down well with the students. 

 “The three courses have become brands in themselves. They are the pride of Delhi University. A merger will impact specialisation and, in turn, discourage recruiters from hiring students. The merger will also be very unfair to the colleges which have developed these courses over many years, churning out brilliant business minds,” declared Abhishek, a second year BBS student of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS).

 In a statement, Umesh Rai, director, South Campus, Delhi University, explained that the decision to merge the courses was taken due to similarity of content. 

Rubbishing the idea of similarity, Chandini, a student of SSCBS, argued: “Beyond the entrance exam, the three courses offer education in three entirely different disciplines.

 BFIA is a core finance subject and BBS offers general management skills while BBE focuses on business economics. The idea of merging the courses is as absurd as merging Political Science, History and Geography to create a course called Social Science, simply because there’s too much paperwork involve in managing three courses.” 

 The BBS course includes public relations, human resource management, and business and research; BFIA teaches security analysis and portfolio management, financial derivatives, international finance; BBE offers environmental economics, economic growth and policy, and international economics. 

“It is appalling,” continues Chandini, “that Delhi University is seeking to systematically destroy a professional course which has been so widely accepted across the corporate industry, offering its students 100 per cent placement.”

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