First meta university project likely to miss July deadline

The country’s first meta university project,which allows students to choose from the study modules offered by different participating universities,is likely to miss its July deadline.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 17, 2012 1:36 am

The country’s first meta university project,which allows students to choose from the study modules offered by different participating universities,is likely to miss its July deadline.

The participating universities of this project — Delhi University,Jamia Millia Islamia,Jawaharlal Nehru University and IIT-Delhi — are still in the process of chalking out the modalities.

JNU vice-chancellor S K Sopory said the modalities of the project are being worked out and details being discussed. It is unlikely that JNU will meet the July deadline,he said.

IIT-Delhi director R K Shevgaonkar also said July is “too soon” for the project to take shape. He said the research is likely to start in the three fields identified by the four participating universities early last year,but the degree programme “will start only next year”.

The three fields identified last year are: public health,climate change and education.

In May this year,Jamia announced that its academic council had approved a course in public health,which was likely take off this July.

Jamia V-C Najeeb Jung had said: “Jamia has completed all its internal requirements/formalities for starting the (diploma in public health) course. We have the approval of our EC and the AC. Therefore,once DU gets clearance from their AC,we will start the maths course with mass communication.”

The UGC had also been asked for the necessary funds. “Once the funds come in,we can start the course immediately,” Jung said.

Representatives from the four universities have been in consultation since last year to decide on details regarding course content,credit system and intake capacity. The meta university project will allow students to create a flexible curriculum,with more choices of courses.

Under the system,the collaborating universities will provide,and recognise,credits to the students for different courses and facilitate student mobility across disciplines.

DU vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh could not be reached for comments.

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