Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung said the system would be restricted to Jamia for now,but would be adopted in meta-university projects eventually
Calling it a milestone in its academic programme,Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has introduced the credit transfer system at the post-graduate level across faculties,departments and centres.
This means students can opt for courses at the postgraduate level cutting across disciplines and faculties,which will bring greater diversity and flexibility in the academic programmes of the university.
Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung,credited for bringing in several changes such as the semester system in the university,said the new system would be restricted to Jamia for the time being,but it would eventually be adopted in the meta-university projects.
He said the job market would expand once students opt for courses beyond their departments.
From the next academic year we are planning to make English compulsory for courses in Urdu,Arabic and Persian for all three years and add their scores to the honours results so that job prospects of such students get enhanced, Jung said.
The system will allow a student of MA in any department,say Humanities and Languages,to choose courses in other departments such as Social Sciences at various centres Jawaharlal Nehru Studies,Centre for Dalits and Minorities,Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution,and Centre for Culture,Media and Governance to name a few.
Of 16 papers that a student has to study during the two-year post-graduate programme,two could be chosen from outside the department.
The university proposes to increase the number of such courses from two to four in future. This would mean that a student can do four of the 16 courses from outside the department where he or she is registered.
The idea is to promote interdisciplinary study by giving students a wider choice of subjects. This will enable them to acquire holistic knowledge and a better understanding of the social universe, Simi Malhotra,professor of English in Jamia,said.
Jamia is one of the few institutions in the country to have introduced the new system at the post-graduate level. Jung believes that the system can be introduced at the undergraduate level,too.