May 4, 2009 1:00:33 am
New format will allow students to pursue subjects of their interest along with their mainstream study
Moving ahead to set up a model curriculum in 23 undergraduate subjects of Arts,Science and Commerce streams,Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) is to convene a meeting which will be attended by university deans from across the state on May 8.
The course will be designed in such a way that students can elect any subject of their choice. Sources said,the redesigned format will allow a student from engineering stream to opt for a subject like even music.
MSU Faculty of Education and Psychology is allotted a fund of Rs 10 lakh by the state government to devise a model curriculum which can give students a wide choice for electives.
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Ramesh Kothari from MSU Faculty of Education and Psychology department said,To begin with,we will redesign the curricula of 23 subjects in Arts,Science and Commerce fields.
The university has formed a committee for the purpose which contains Deepti Oza,Vivakar Acharya,Prerna Shelat and Prof Goyal.
Kothari said,A workshop was conducted earlier to discuss the issue. Now we are planning to take suggestions from other universities of the state including Saurashtra University,Sardar Patel University,South Gujarat University and Gujarat University.
The state higher education department had earlier said that the University Grants Commission had pointed out certain lacunas in the higher education provided in the state.
University sources said it was decided to redesign the curriculum so that young students can be groomed in various subject under UGC guidance.
A senior officer from the state higher education department said,With the help of model curriculum,even a student who wanted to appear for competitive exams can opt for a subject of his choice from the beginning of his graduation course.
He said MSU was entrusted with the task to design the model syllabus a few months ago.
Prof Goyal said the deans of several faculties across the state will attend the meeting at MSU Senate Hall on May 8.
Gujarat is the first state to take up this initiative which will allow undergraduate students to pursue subjects of their interest along with their mainstream study, he said.
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