One thousand and four hundred students taking a test. No big deal. But One thousand and four hundred students taking a test that will not lead them to a degree or certificate? One thousand and four hundred students taking a test that has not been forced on them by the authorities? One thousand and four hundred students voluntarily taking a test, just to test their proficiency in accountancy – now, that is something to sit up and take notice – even if it happens in the city’s most vibrant campus, the Bhawanipur Education Society College (BESC).
The BESC was started as an institution to provide academic guidance to young people from the business community who were already gainfully employed. Naturally, the institution, since its very inception, has had a “commercial” orientation – an overwhelming commerce core that it retains till date. And, Accountancy’s importance, as the load bearing pillar of commercial knowledge is also universally acknowledged. Naturally, that BESC will seek it out for special attention needs no elaboration. What needs to be highlighted, however, is the way it went about matching the knowledge of revenue with the expense of efforts.
The examination was simultaneously conducted in nineteen classrooms and comprised of multiple choice questions.
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The top ten candidates, Prof Dilip Shah, Dean of Student Affairs of BESC declared, will be given a treat in the Taj Bengal, while the next thirty will be provided with a token of appreciation. All participating students will get a certificate of participation.
“It is an extremely happy day for me” said Prof Shah, “as this little step that we have now taken in BESC will translate into one giant leap for education”. Explaining, he said that the BESC has been working to introduce a paradigm shift in the way knowledge is disseminated, with conscious efforts being made to move away from a system of learning by rote. “We want to unshackle the minds of the students and encourage them to love the subjects of their choice, as opposed to enforcing a scheme of forced pedagogy. That so many students are willingly and voluntarily participation in this examination – with as you mentioned – no immediate academic benefit dangled before them as a bait, is what gives me hope. Hope, that someday, education will be sought by your young as opposed to being crammed down their collective throat”.
Dr Divyesh Shah, Prof Minakshi Chaturvedi, Prof Nidhi Kumari and Prof Priti Modi worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the programme and kudos go to them.