Gone are the days when students used to choose subjects of their interest at random. Now, they select subjects meticulously with future planning on the back of their mind. An average student today prefers job oriented degree courses. Hence, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Economics (Honours), B. Tech courses and last but not the least, Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMS) are the hot favourites and trending preferences among most of the students today.
Not lagging behind are Information Technology and Electronics and Communications. These are branches where they can get jobs with handsome remuneration once they pass out.
Rahul Dall, who has qualified for entrance tests for BBA and BJMS and waiting for counseling said that these courses were job oriented. In his life he wants money and fame. If he gets admission in BBA he would pursue Masters in Business Administration after completing his graduation. He believes once he completes his MBA he will easily get job because of the booming corporate sector in the country. The nine percent annual industrial growth rate in India is seen as the major cause for optimism among students opting for such courses.
As far as journalism is concerned, it gives the student the chance to earn both money and fame. Also, there is an element of glamour attached to this career. People also look at it as a powerful profession since it gives access to power as journalists keep in touch with bureaucrats as well as politicians and the policy makers of the country.
Shobhit Sharma said that he had chosen BJMC in Indraprastha Technical University because he was status conscious and was of the view that through journalism he could be able to achieve his motive. He says that money and fame come with the passage of time, but if one is pursue a career in journalism (electronic or print), one will enjoy power from the very first day.
Another youth who is also doing BJMC has a different take on the profession. He wants to become a film maker rather than end up in the newsroom of a daily. He feels there is still much scope in the country for films and if one does good job, one is welcome. Though Bollywood is famous for producing the most number of films in the world, Hollywood dominates world cinema. With numerous critically acclaimed film makers like Prakash Jha and Mani Ratnam around, the Indian film industry has a future. He wants to be one among them.
A Kashmiri youth Zia, who has done MBA, is working with a call centre at present. He draws a gloomy picture of colleges that claim hundred percent placements. It is a white lie, he says. Only well known colleges manage to ensure placement of their pass outs. Zia said he had to take up the call centre job because he could not land a job elsewhere. He works in Gurgaon and resides in East Delhi. His monthly salary is just Rs 16, 000 which not enough to run a family and that is the reason why he is not getting married.
Ten students – Nitin, Gaurav, Ashish, Zubair, Parminder Singh, Surender, Anil Kashyap, Avdhesh Jain and Shivender – who were contacted by this correspondent, were all seeking admission to B. Tech in Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University. They all opted for IT and Electronics and Communication Engineering citing abundance of job opportunities in these fields and good compensation.