With the new session scheduled to begin in a couple of months,the Delhi University administration has set March 20 as the deadline for developing the curriculum for the four-year undergraduate courses. The vice-chancellor has sanctioned a sum of Rs 2 lakh to each department and Dean (Academics) for this purpose,according to a notification issued by the Finance Officer on Monday.
Most departments have held a few meetings for making the syllabus. Tentative names of papers to be taught have been decided. However,the curriculum content and the credit to be given for each paper is still being worked out, Umesh Rai,Director of South Campus,said.
In a letter to all departments issued on March 5,the university administration mentioned certain imperative measures to be adhered to while creating courses for the four-year programme.
According to these guidelines,the syllabi of applied courses,minor and major discipline papers should ensure that fundamental ideas and principles come across in a clear,easy and trans-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary manner to the student.
The letter also asks departments to lay emphasis on project work and awarding of internal assessment marks on the basis of student presentations. Apart from stating the number of lectures required for every paper,the university administration has also asked them to identify very precise reading material that is easy to access.
Students face a lot of difficulty in getting access to reading material. One of the suggestions of the Task Force was to make it easier for students to get reading material. Two categories of reading material essential and desirable readings were suggested. The idea is that the university might be able to put up essential readings on the website, Sangit Ragi,Deputy Dean (Academics),said.
Special attention has been given to Hindi medium students who face difficulty in get reading material. The department must identify (wherever applicable) reading material in Hindi. The department must (wherever applicable) start the process of creating reading/support material in Hindi, the letter said.
The heads of departments were told that the university has no option but to prepare Hindi reading material, Umesh Rai said.
The university is working on uploading chapters of books for various subjects and considering recording lectures and posting them on the internet so that students can access them easily, Rai added.