A bachelors degree in commerce is gradually emerging as the most-preferred choice for students and colleges are now adding seats to accommodate the growing number of students interested in the course.
Students are increasingly lapping up the various innovative courses that have been designed around the B Com curricula and college authorities report that they have noted a steady rise in demand for courses like B Com Computers along with the regular B Com degree. "The number of applications received for the many B Com courses has been increasing by at least 15% every year for the last three to four years," said Y Ashok, principal of Bhavans Vivekananda College.
"Especially for B Com Computers, the ratio of seats to applicants is 1:7 while for B Com General it is 1:3 and these figures are definitely on the rise. Due to huge demand, in 2010 we doubled the number of seats for B Com Computers to 100," the principal added. He said that there were several students who would just sign up for the B Com general course hoping that some space is freed up in the B Com Computers programme.
The soaring demand for B Com Computers is evident from the enrolment figures at Loyola Degree College which introduced the course in 2010-11. In the first year itself, the course managed to beat all other B Com courses like B Com Honours, B Com Professional and B Com General with 195 applications sold. Next year that number increased to 327. Meanwhile, St Francis College has added seats in all its B Com courses as students end up taking admission in either one of the remaining programmes if seats are unavailable in B Com Computers and B.Com Professional. College authorities said that, last year, B Com seats had filled up within two hours after opening of admissions.
Officials at the Badruka College of Commerce and Arts, among the most preferred colleges for B Com, said that the ratio of seats to applicants for B Com Computers is 1:5 with the number of applicants going up by 25% every year. B Com apart, it is BA Mass Communication which is steadily gaining in appeal among students with city colleges registering a rise in the number of applicants for the course. And, now, more colleges are adding the course to their prospectus.
While officials from Villa Marie College said that there had been a 25% yearly increase in applicants for B A Mass Communication for the past three years, St Francis College reports a 30% rise in the demand for the course. St Mary's College Yousufguda had started the course in 2004 with only 14 students whereas, now, it receives hundreds of applications. B Com Computers, B Com General and BA Mass Communication have thus been found to be hogging the top three spots insofar as demand among students is concerned but are facing a strong challenge from the Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) course which, too, is rapidly gaining in popularity.
A total of five colleges in the city introduced the course last year with two more planning to do so this year. St Francis College had started a Bachelors in Management Studies (BMS) programme, a course designed along similar lines, four years back and it is currently the most sought after degree with the ratio of seats to applicants being 1:10. Group discussions have been introduced to screen candidates for this course.
Talking about the reason behind the sky-rocketing demand for these courses, Fr Emmanuel, principal, Loyola Degree College, said: "Nowadays students look for courses which offer better employment prospects. Courses like B Com, BBA and Mass Communication have very wide scope when it comes to job opportunities. That is why an increasing number of students who have studied MPC or BPC in their Intermediate or class XI and XII are shifting to these streams." Officials at city colleges state that each year they see around 200 to 400 students from scien