BENGALURU:For a few years now, Bangalore University (BU) has been trying to initiate programmes to improve the employability of its students. Around three years back, it called for an industry-academia connect where the former highlighted many areas of improvement. Many of them could not even draft emails or lacked basic communication skills they highlighted.
Since then the university has initiated some measures to improve the quality of its students. In continuation of this aim, the university has integrated five specialised courses in the main curriculum of BCom.
The programs will be launched today and begin this academic year itself. They been started in association with International Skill Development Corporation (ISDC), UK. The programmes are namely – B.Com Finance (with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants or ACCA integration); B.Com Honours (with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants or CIMA integration); B.Com Logistics and Supply Chain Management (with Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply or CIPS integration) and B.Com Insurance & Actuarial Studies.
“These programmes are embedded with international professional bodies for the greater benefit of the students’ fraternity. These qualifications are highly critical for the success in today’s globally challenging environment. They not only enable better career prospects but also help students to advance in their chosen career paths,” says an official communique from BU.
The ISDC has earlier joined hands with Bangalore University to integrate the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), a set of accounting standards, and update the BCom curriculum in 2015.
Muniraju M, vice-chancellor, BU, says that launching of the specialised programmes is in line with Narendra Modi’s vision for a Make-in-India and aim and to provide a skilled workforce. “There are over a lakh BCom students under BU. These courses will aim to make these students industry ready. Why would our students settle for starting their careers with `25,000 salary when they can earn `60,000 with more skill sets?” he says.
The ISDC is an international skilling organisation and works with professional bodies and universities. The organisation has worked with government and private institutions and colleges across India for joint degrees (UG/PG), certificates, and diploma programs. The IFRS integration project of ISDC has been going on for quite a while now in the country.