Delhi Universitys (DU) Academic Council will meet on Saturday morning to discuss and vote on major reforms,including introduction of the four-year BTech course in Humanities.
The special and emergent meeting has on its agenda another proposal that the university announced in April this year the first meta-university course,which is a post-graduate programme on Mathematical Education to be jointly offered by DU and Jamia Millia Islamia.
The two proposed courses,if approved by the Academic Council on Saturday,will be sent the universitys Executive Council for its final approval. The Executive Council is likely to meet on Sunday.
In a first,the BTech programme in Humanities will allow students to pick curriculum of different DU colleges and design their own courses with guidance from the universitys Cluster Innovation Centre.
Its a step towards converting all under-graduate programmes into four-year courses,Vice-Chancellor Dr Dinesh Singh had said.
Students will be able to choose any course from any DU college. Fifty per cent of the course credit will be through projects. To avoid logistical difficulties we will allow only five students to take up a particular course at a time in any of the colleges, Singh said.
Twenty students will admitted to the four-year UG course in the first year. It will be open for students already enrolled in a DU under-graduate course. An entrance test and interview will be held prior to admission.
After introducing the semester system,the university may finally get a credit transfer system that will help students go on exchange programmes abroad from the next academic session,starting July 23.
Vice-Chancellor Singh said: We plan to send our students to universities in Europe,China and a few other countries.
The Delhi University Teachers Association has criticised the move.