According to a TOI article released on May 9, 2014, a committee chaired by VC Dinesh Singh, comprising the Principals of all the colleges offering Bachelor of Management Studies and officials from Faculty of Management Studies, came to a consensus of doing away with the entrance exam for Delhi University’s sole management course at the undergraduate level. This course, which was formed after merging three courses (Bachelors of Business Economics, Business Studies and Financial Investment and Analysis), was put under FMS’s umbrella last year.
The decision of removing the test has been rendered in wake of the errors made in the administration of the entrance exam conducted by FMS last year. A few weeks into the Semester, it had been revealed that the Answer Key to the entrance exam posted on the FMS website had 7 wrong answers marked for one of the question paper sets. Given the neck to neck competition that this course usually sees, this goof up had left a lot of students in anguish over the final ranks that had been declared based on the incorrect answer key. Incidentally, the usual group discussion round that used to be held for the admission process before 2013 had also been removed last year.
The weightage of marks will now be reallocated from 40% to the Board result, 40% to the entrance test and 20% to the personal interview to 85% to board result and 15% to the personal interview. The seats for the course have not been changed from the 840 allotted last year to six colleges namely Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, College of Vocational Studies, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Keshav Mahavidyala and Maharaja Agrasen College. Close to 2500 students will be invited for the interview round, which will be held in North Campus.
Although the announcement was made on Saturday, May 10, in the middle of the exams, the reaction from the student body has been immediate. It seems students across colleges are jointly resenting this development and are geared up to protest. From Facebook pages to online petitions, students have taken to social networking sites to voice their opinion.
The students of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies are set to stage a zealous protest. A meeting of the entire student body and the Principal is being held on Monday, to gain a better insight into what exactly is the future of this troubled course. Management students of College of Vocational Studies have also planned to hold a similar discussion post their exam on Monday. “For some incredibly elusive reason, everyone is hell bent on completely destroying this course. First, with the merger of the three courses, then the removal of the GD round and now, with this. Let’s see, Monday should bring more clarity”, said a second year student from CBS. The student community online has also spoken out against FMS. Priyanshu Gupta, an FYUP BMS student from DDUC said, “The officials are damaging the course one bit at a time. The specialisations offered to us as DC II options, which were supposed to be for BMS students, are now being offered to other courses too. Now, they’ve removed the entrance test. It has just become like any other course in DU now. It’s funny how FMS, being one of the best management institutes in the country cannot conduct an exam smoothly.”
Update (20th May): Entrance exam for BMS will be held in 2014 as well. Read this article for further details.