On DU table: Proposal to let students design degree

Delhi University has proposed introduction of online registration for admission to its undergraduate courses from the coming academic session.

Written by Nandini Thilak | New Delhi | Published: April 28, 2012 6:49 am

Delhi University has proposed introduction of online registration for admission to its undergraduate courses from the coming academic session. The University has also announced a new ‘meta college’ course,B Tech in Humanities,to be offered through its Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) from July 2012.

Though online admissions are proposed for the coming season,the offline system will also continue. “The new admissions mechanism will be announced by us in a few days. There will be online and offline forms. Assistance centres and flying squads will be put in place to help students,” the University Vice-Chancellor Dr Dinesh Singh said on Thursday night.

Announcing a slew of reforms to soon be presented before the University Academic and Executive Councils for approval,officials said on Thursday night that the new B Tech course will let students “design their own degree”,allowing them the freedom to pick and attend courses from different DU colleges along with the courses they attend at the CIC.

“The course is designed to enhance students’ practical knowledge coupled with a good theoretical base. Students of the course will be able to register for courses happening in different colleges and take them sitting in that college,along with formal course work at the CIC,” Dr Singh said. The new course will start off in July 2012 with a minimum of 20 seats.

The University has also announced the first of its Meta-University courses – a Masters in mathematical education to be offered jointly by DU and the Jamia Millia Islamia from July 2013. This proposal too will soon go to the University Academic Council for its approval.

The introduction of the new B Tech Humanities course is a step towards the conversion of all of DU’s undergraduate courses into four-year programmes,a step slated for the academic session starting July 2013,Dr Singh said.

The University had earlier announced its plan to introduce four-year graduate programmes with exit options at the end of the second,third and fourth year,from July 2013. As with these courses,the B Tech Humanities course will have provisions where students can gain credit for their achievements in sports and co-curricular activities. It will also have provisions for students to complete part of the course work in the open-learning mode. The University is also considering giving School of Open Learning students the opportunity to attend some courses in the regular mode from 2013.

The process of consultation with teachers has already begun for the introduction of four-year undergraduate programmes,the V-C said. “An academic congress for teachers of all departments in June is also planned,” Dr. Singh said.

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