For the first time ever, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) authorities have come out with an undergraduate course that will allow choice-based credit system to students, which is until now offered to postgraduate students.
Barely 10 days are left for students to register for the course. It is a three-year Blended Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme which is being offered by the SPPU along with the University of Melbourne and the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune.
What’s unique about the course is that unlike the other BSc programmes which focus on one discipline of science, this one integrates the major disciplines of science (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology) into one common curriculum for two years and a choice is offered for a major stream in the third year.
“The course is apt for students who are interested in establishing long-term career in science and serious about taking up research in pure sciences later,” said Wasudeo Gade, Vice-Chancellor, SPPU.
“This course is unique as it is the first course which is designed by us along with IISER which is a national institute and an international university is also involved,” added Gade.
“It involves both classroom teaching as well as virtual lessons from Melbourne University professors. Hence, the course has an international outlook. It is the first BSc course with inter-disciplinary approach with a very siginificant component of physical sciences as well as some component of social sciences,” added the V-C.
Though successful students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the SPPU, the degrees would have a mention of IISER and Melbourne University as well.
The first batch of the course will take off at Modern College, Shivaji Nagar which has an intake capacity of 45 students.
The admissions will be on merit basis and subject to rules of reservation, said college authorities who said the applications are already pouring in.
“This course is not just the first undergraduate course to offer choice-based credit system but it is the first BSc course which will allow students to take up MSc in seven disciplines,” said Rajendra Zunjarrao, Principal of Modern College.
“Until now, a student who did BSc in physics, would have to complete MSc in same discipline. However, since this is the first-ever inter-disciplinary course which lays equal emphasis on all physical sciences subjects, the students will be able to choose to do MSc in many disciplines,” the principal added.
He added that in the third year, students can also choose to study in Melbourne University if they wish to do so and certain fellowships would also be offered to meritorius students.
The Blended BSc programme will be recognised by the Melbourne University as equivalent in standard to its own Bachelor of Science, and graduating students will be eligible to apply for Masters of Science programmes at the international varsity.