The curriculum of Bachelor in Business Management (BBM) is expected to undergo change from the next academic year. A committee formed by BBM teachers in colleges affiliated to Mangalore University on updating the subjects for the course will submit a draft syllabus on January 2 to the University.

This was stated by Vidyadhar Hegde, president, Forum of Business Management Teachers (FOBMAT) here at a workshop organised by the Department of Business Administration, Mangalore University, and the Forum, in association with SDM College of Business Management on Saturday.

Titled “BBM curriculum revision workshop”, the aim of the workshop was to update the syllabus for the Bachelor in Business Management in order to adapt it to the changing business world, Mr. Hegde said.

As many as 20 committees were formed in a workshop held earlier, attended by 165 teachers from 12 colleges that teach BBM in Dakshina Kannada, Sullia, and Madikeri. Some committees were formed based on basic subjects while others were formed based on one basic and two elective subjects, he said.

The syllabus would be revised within the existing structure, he said. The draft syllabus will be submitted to the Board of Studies (BOS) of Business Management, which will study it and return to the faculty and thereon to the Academic Council. “These changes will definitely be implemented from next year,” he said.

At the Saturday's workshop, after discussions, it was decided that banking and insurance, a fifth elective, will be added to the existing four electives (three of them being human resource management, financial management, taxation and marketing). Another subject (risk and insurance) was replaced with “project management and entrepreneurship”.

Questions

More than five to six participants asked questions at the workshop particularly on what subject to retain and what to delete from the syllabus. P. Pakeerappa, Chairman, UGBOS in Business Administration, Mangalore University, said that business statistics and Maths should be taught so that students who were weak in Maths can score in statistics.

However, the teachers decided to keep the two subjects separate. He said that the Right to Information Act and Cyber Law must be included. This was accepted by the teachers. It was also decided that Computer Applications in Management should be replaced with Computer Applications and MIS. The workshop was inaugurated by Latha Kini, president, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

The chief guests were A. Raghurama, Dean of Commerce and Management, Mangalore University, S.P. Chengappa, president, Mangalore Bar Council, T.G. Shenoy, president, Mangalore Management Association, M. Shekhar Pujari, Chairman, National Institute of Personnel Management, and Naveen Narayan, former president, Chartered Accountant Council.

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