What are the upcoming areas in commerce?


I think the most promising area is e-commerce. All those courses that require heavy input of information technology will gain ground. Commerce is done more and more with the use of IT. Basics may remain the same but there will be a lot of infusion of the technological aspects.

Let me add here that commerce by itself is not a very distinct discipline. It’s an amalgam of several things. In fact it’s multi-disciplinary. Commerce has become popular precisely because it has multi-disciplinary content. In commerce we teach English, we teach political science, history and economics.


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The general perception is that civil services and media are the domain of humanities, science, medical and engineering students. Commerce students do not opt for these careers.

No, not any longer. There has been a change in the trend. Commerce student can take up anything now. In fact many of my students have gone for mass communication. Even in civil services, you will find good number of commerce students.

In fact, in lighter vein, when parents come to me for advice, as to what their children should study, I ask them in return, what they want their child to be: do they want him to be a film actor, or a politician, a journalist, a professor, a businessman or chairperson of a company. And I add, whatever career choice the child makes, he should equip himself to get admission to SRCC. Because I can name the best actors, best politicians, best police officers who have graduated from here. So name a field, and we have churned out the best in that field.

If the students are good, they can excel in any area. Now many doors are open, except that a commerce student cannot be a professor of physics or an engineer or a doctor. Barring that, you can be anything.


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Where does commerce figure today in the scheme of things of a career-oriented student? What kind of avenues and openings can commerce per se offer to those who pursue it?

I think it figures very prominently because it opens up many doors for those who want to make a good career. A lot of students give priority to commerce – this was not so earlier.

There are openings for commerce students in the traditional sense. They can go for CA, ICWA, for company secretaryship, or related areas in accounting and finance. If you want to do MBA, CA, CS or ICWA, you don’t necessarily have to be a B.Com. Even a BSc student can go for CA or MBA. The only difference is that commerce students or commerce pass-outs have an advantage over non-commerce students in case of courses like CA, CS or MBA, because some of the papers they have to study are taught at B.Com Hons level.


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