For those who want to pursue a course that is vocational in nature with a lot of applied component and also those who havn't fared too well in the Class XII boards, Delhi University's (DU) BA Programme might just be the right choice. The popular BA (Pass) course was restructured to BA Programme one of the sought after courses offered in over 42 colleges in DU, of which 39 offer it with vocational subjects thereby enhancing students' job prospects. A student with a best of four aggregate of 40% in Class XII from any stream is eligible to apply. Admission would depend on the cut-off list of individual colleges. In School of Open Learning anyone with 40% marks can register for the programme. The courses include language papers in English, Hindi and Sanskrit of which two are compulsory. Other subjects include business data processing, economics, food technology, geography, history, education, family and child welfare, nutrition and health education, office management and secretarial practice, psychology, music, political science and sociology.
The foundation course, which is taught in second year, includes language, literature and culture, contemporary India: economy, politics and society, human rights, gender and environment. The third year offers applied courses including mathematics for social science, banking and insurance, mass communication, nutrition and health, family and child development, Indian art, theatre and performance, voluntary organization and creative writing. 'There are four papers in each year. In first year, one has to take two language papers (English and Hindi). Those who take admission based on Sanskrit can opt for Sanskrit. There are two papers from the other subjects offered like economics, political science, history, philosophy, sociology, mathematics etc depending upon the college. In second year, students would choose either of the language course opted in first year and one foundation course. The list of foundation courses varies for different colleges. The rest of the two papers are from the two subjects the student took up in first year,' said Shri Prakash Singh, faculty, Sri Aurobindo College.