Mumbai: Admissions to degree courses have begun and a large number of students are opting for self-financed courses. Courses like Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Mass Media (BMM), Finance Management (BFM) and Information Technology (BScIT) are in demand. Not only private board students but Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) board students too are applying for these courses. With higher percentages scored in Class 12 board examinations, the demand for professional courses at the degree-college level is increasing.
These courses provide a wide range of opportunities to work, claim students. One of them, Mahek Majatia, says, "We can explore different corporate sectors once we complete BMS or BFM. We can apply for jobs at any company which needs assistance in business development. Also, we can change fields and try something new in this course." In addition, students claim these courses are creative and have a practical approach. Jesse Kiran, a student, said, "The subjects of these courses are based on creative thinking and deal with the practical problems of the employment sector. We can use our skills like writing, communication and team management to grow in these fields." For the last few years, very few students have opted for the usual Science, Commerce or Arts streams. The principal of a suburban degree college said, "We have received very few admissions for the usual streams. Students are more inclined towards the self-financed courses."-
- Ronald Rodrigues