Keeping in view the demand for change in the existing curriculum of various language courses offered at the Panjab University,students from this academic session would go through a revised syllabi in different programmes. The graduation of the existing courses into job-oriented ones has been applied to all the 15 department of languages.
The Dean,Faculty of Languages,Prof M Shakeel Khan,said,This has been done with the aim of providing job oriented courses which would increase the relevance of these courses in the changing times. This will attract more students to these departments which otherwise fail to fill all the seats.
The 15 departments include department of Chinese and Tibetan languages,Dayanand chair for Vedic Studies,English,French,German,Guru Ravidas chair of Sant Sahitya Studies,Hindi,Punjabi Studies,Russian,Sanskrit,Urdu,Persian and Arabic,Baba Farid Chair,Bhai Vir Singh Chair and Guru Nanak Sikh Studies.
In all,new languages new courses have been introduced. For instance,in Urdu there is a section for specialisation in mass media and translation. There is another on film and television and also on theatre and drama. These would focus on scripts,dialogues,songs,etc being used in films,television and theater. Students would be required to translate and write these into Hindi and Urdu and vice-versa. Similar is applicable for other languages too, said Prof Shakeel.
Open credit system and semester system would also be offered to students in these departments from this academic session. In the open credit system,a student will have the option of changing a particular course according to the permissible norms after a certain period of time.
While in the semester system the master course would be divided into two semesters in each year. For instance,MA in Hindi where till now four papers each year and a total of eight in two years had to be cleared by a student,now it has been changed to total 16,four in each semester.
Prof Shakeel further said that both these systems are being implemented after a thorough study by university academics. A team visited various international universities under the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship offered by the London University and British Council. After a study of around four years,it has been decided to implement the same in Panjab University too, said Prof Shakeel.