Aiming at holistic development of the students and to make the education more comprehensive,Panjab University (PU) is all ready to start integrated courses across all the faculties. The varsity has already issued circulars to all the chairpersons to share with it their course designs and those who will be ready can start this system by this academic session- 2013-14.
This integrated course system means students will move from three years under graduate degree course to two years graduate degree course to three years (extendable) doctor of Philosophy course (PhD).
The meeting of faculties is due for March 22/23 wherein this issue can be discussed and those ready to implement this can get a nod.
It is learnt that by 2014-15,it has to be uniformly implemented in all the faculties. The varsity has faculties of laws,arts,engineering and technology,business management and commerce,design and fine arts,science,education,medical sciences,pharmaceutical sciences,dairying and animal husbandry and agriculture.
Under this system the students will be admitted in the particular faculty of his choice after class XII,based on either merit or his performance in an entrance test. Depending on it,the student will study all the subjects in the first year – two semesters. Then in the second year they will study the subjects they will be interested in.
After completing these three years of graduate course then in MA or M Sc,the student will study the same subject for two years,and later if he or she wants to pursue PhD he can do that as well.
Moreover,during the under graduate course,three months time will also be given to the student to change the subject he wanted to study.
Even Delhi University (DU) is interested to start this system of integrated courses. Dean University Instructions (DUI) Prof R K Kohli even went to DU to discuss it with DUs committee.
At present the system prevails in the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS),University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) and in the departments of Zoology,Physics,Microbiology,Biochemistry,Biophysics,Biotechnology,Botany,Chemistry,Geology and Mathematics.
During the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor Prof R C Sobti this proposal was mooted,but for certain reasons it never got affirmation. Now recently in the chairpersons meet,this proposal was again discussed and got a positive response. Even the V-C Prof Arun Kumar Grover appreciated it and is very enthusiastic to start this system, said Prof Kohli while talking to Chandigarh Newsline.