Even as Delhi University has decided to discard its four-year undergraduate programme, Bangalore University is set to introduce a similar programme with multiple exit options from the current academic year onwards. The BU programme will not disturb the existing 10+2+3+2 years system of education and, instead, will offer students the choice to exit after the second or third year. The UGC has not raised any red flags over the programme.
Under the four-year undergraduate programme, BU will allow students to graduate after two years with an associate degree, with a bachelor’s degree after the third year and an honours degree after the fourth.
“This will be of great advantage for students who plan to pursue studies abroad,” Vice-Chancellor Thimme Gowda said.
The focus of the restructured degree course is to improve students’ skill, employability and personality, which may not be possible in the span of just three years, Gowda clarified. “The changes are aimed at improving employment opportunities.
They would be taxing on the students if implemented under the three-year programme,” the V-C said.
In the first two years, students must pick two mandatory courses — choices include environmental studies, human rights, and public health. In later semesters, students have to choose four of the following — computer application, entrepreneurship, communication, life skills, personality development, banking and finance, mathematical ability, a foreign language, Indian history and cultural diversity, capital and stock market, and art history. Apart from this, BU will ensure students participate in at least in one extracurricular activity such as NCC, NSS.
Under the choice-based credit system (CBCS), value addition activities will be awarded 50 marks and carry a credit score of one, Gowda said. BU has established a committee to oversee value-addition subjects. The new structure will be applicable from the 2014-15 academic year.
“At present we have received no communication from the UGC and have clarified to them that we are not altering the 10+2+3+2 structure,” Gowda said.