Six months after the state government directed universities across Maharashtra to make study on human rights mandatory,the University of Pune (UoP) is all set to introduce a programme on human rights and duties from this month. The programme will be made compulsory for all the post-graduate (PG) students.
The programme will consist of three courses,consisting of one credit each. Each student will have to appear for one paper each in every semester and will have to complete the papers along with their regular programme.
Since this is the first year of the programme,it is being started from the second semester. Starting next academic session,it will be implemented from the first semester,giving the students three semesters to complete it.
Wasudev Gade,director,Board of College and University Development (BCUD) said the university had been preparing the course for the past six months. “After the state government asked universities to introduce a mandatory course on human rights,we held various meetings to discuss the course structure,identify teachers and get the course approved by the academic council.”
The first paper will be on ‘Introduction to Human Rights Education and Duties’. The students will be given study material besides lectures. The head of the departments will monitor the examination pattern and the evaluation process.
The aim of the programme is to inculcate the values and promote a culture of human rights among the student community. The head of departments need to take necessary steps to implement the programme with immediate effect without any deviation, added Gade.