Raviprasad Kamila

MANGALORE: Mangalore University has proposed to introduce a one-year postgraduate diploma course in banking and finance and a short-term certificate course in this subject next year.

Sources told The Hindu that the duration of the certificate course was yet to be finalised and it could be three months or six months.

The courses would be offered at the University College at Hampankatta here.

A private bank had evinced interest in supporting the course. A committee, including some officials of the private bank, had been constituted to prepare the syllabi.

The bank and the university would sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) before introducing these courses, sources said.

Without disclosing details of the nature of support offered by the bank, sources said the courses were aimed at grooming students to take up bank jobs.

Those who complete the postgraduate diploma course would be in a position to become probationary officers in banks.

Graduates can join the postgraduate diploma course. Undergraduate students can take up the certificate course. This would help them complete their degree course and simultaneously complete this certificate course. This would fetch them entry-level jobs in banks.

Sources said the private bank had agreed to consider appointing some of the successful candidates.

A few officials of the bank could also be involved in training the students, sources said.