IF JOURNALISM was the dark horse in this year’s admission season at Delhi University, it was B. Tech in Computer Science that actually caught most of the colleges unawares with a sudden rush in the number of applicants.
In fact, many colleges had to turn down admission seekers as the demand was more than the total number of seats on offer.
So what accounted for this popularity? University officials say that it is the new B. Tech degree that has caught the imagination of the students.
“ The course now offers a technical degree after the changes made under the new four- year undergraduate programme. It is also on par with the courses offered by the IITs,” says Inderjee Dagar, Principal, College of Vocational Studies.
So what can students expect out of the new BTech degree? Professors say that the course is primarily for students who are looking for a career in software engineering.
“ The course has been revamped completely. BSc in Computer Science was a course designed in 1996. But the course material had been the same all these years,” said Sandeep K Sharma, principal, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College.
“ The new course is heavy on computer software. The hardware elements are comparatively lesser,” Sharma said.
Students enrolling for the course will be studying a variety of subjects such as data structure, operating system, geo- informatics, web technology and mobile applications including android systems.
“ This will be coupled with applied courses that will give them ( students) a practical edge” said Sharma.
According to university and college officials the course has been restructured to take into account what the industry needs. This means students will acquire enough skills to get a job after just two years of study.
Under the four year programme, the University allows a candidate three exit options. The first option comes after a student completes two years of under- graduation. Leaving the course at this point will give him/ her a diploma degree.
A student who complete three years will get an undergraduate degree and completing four years will entitle a candidate to be a graduate.
The main difference between a BSc Computer Science and a BTech Computer Science programme is that after four years the student will be eligible for an MTech, says Dagar the vocational college principal.
“ Earlier a student of BSc Computer Science could only do an MCA or an MSc in Computer Science,” says Dagar.
Some of the colleges offering the course under the new fouryear undergraduate programmes are ARSD, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Deen DayalUpadhyay College, Ramanujan College, Hansraj, IP College for Women, Kalindi, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Maharaja Agrasen College.
After the four- year B. Tech Computer Science course students will be eligible for an M. Tech