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Delhi University’s academic council approves syllabi for history,sociology

Options within subjects dropped,executive council’s approval for curricula awaited

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 28, 2013 1:15:41 am

Following the academic council meeting in Delhi University held on Monday,the curricula for all courses under the four-year undergraduate programme have been given a go-ahead. While most courses had been given a nod by the statutory bodies of the university earlier,two primary subjects — history and sociology — had not submitted the curricula.

“All courses of history,sociology,home science and minor discipline papers from the Department of Adult Education were passed in the academic council meeting. Five members gave their dissent,” Sangit Ragi,deputy dean of academics said.

Under the four-year undergraduate programme,a student will take admission in a main discipline. Over the course of four years,he/she will have to study 20 papers in the subject. Apart from this,the student will also be required to take six papers of one or two minor disciplines.

While all other departments had submitted one paper for approval,sociology and history had sent options within the main and minor discipline papers. “All options have been removed. The history department had given two sets of minor discipline papers — one on Indian history and the other on world and cultural history. The second group of papers was dropped. Similarly,options given in main discipline papers have been done away with,” Ragi said.

Explaining the reason behind doing away with the options,Ragi said,“It was felt that the structure of the four-year course should be the same for all departments. Therefore,these departments were requested to go back and look at their curricula and bring about changes as per the structure of the course.”

The university’s executive council is expected to meet in the next couple of days to give their approval for these courses.

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