Fewer seats this time for vocational studies

Several teachers are worried about the reduction of 108 seats in Delhi University’s College of Vocational Studies (CVS) under the four year undergraduate programme.

The teachers said the vocational courses which the college used to offer have either been scrapped or reduced to a minor discipline.

“Until last year, the number of seats was 848 which has now been reduced to 740. The college has been running vocational courses for past three decades. Its tourism course which has been scrapped was very popular among students and is being considered best in the country. What will happen to the faculty members of these courses? They will be forced to teach only minor courses,” said a teacher on the condition of anonymity.

However, the varsity maintains that there cannot be any change in the sanctioned number of seats.

Recently, Delhi University rejected the decision of St Stephen’s governing body when it decided to slash the quantum of seats, citing infrastructural problem in wake of FYUP.

Several teachers of CVS said that despite flagging this concern to the university, no action has been taken.

“The varsity is maintaining that the seats cannot be reduced. When we asked the principal, he said the number of seats will be increased next year. But what will the teachers do for one year?” asked the teacher.

Until last year, the college used to offer seven vocational courses: tourism, office management & secretarial practice, management & marketing of insurance, small & medium enterprises, material management, human resource management, marketing management & retail business besides five honours courses: BCom, BA History, BA Economics, BA Business Economics and BSc Computer Science.

Under FYUP, the college will offer major disciplines in Commerce, Economics, English, History and Management (bachelor of Management Studies).

BMS will offer the maximum number of 300 seats followed by Commerce and Economics.
DU admissions are on till June 19.

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