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Number rider for job courses

Kolhan University has directed colleges to do away with professional courses if there are not enough students.

The university has asked all its 14 constituent colleges to continue the BBA, BCA or B.Sc (IT) courses only if there are at least 30 students.

“These courses here do not have many takers. Colleges have to unnecessarily bear the cost of faculty and other expenses. Also, these are self-financing courses, so we have to think twice,” said a senior official of Kolhan University.

Colleges, on their behalf, are keeping a count. Besides, students aspiring to pursue BBA, BCA or B.Sc (IT) are being asked to consider a second option, in case the course they choose is scrapped for this academic session.

“We are keeping an eye on how many students submit the forms. We are also concentrating on counselling too because at times students are not serious about these courses. They leave half way through,” said R.K. Das, principal of Jamshedpur Co-operative College, which has 60 seats in each vocational course.

Similarly, Jamshedpur Workers’ College principal D.P. Shukla said form submission would start soon and they would want to first check the number of applicants. “At present, we have around 30 students in each of these three vocational course,” said Shukla. The college has 50 seats in each of these departments.

LBSM College in Karandih got the approval to start BBA and BCA courses in 2007. But there has not been a single taker for the BBA course, while BCA has about 30 students.

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