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Delhi University to do away with Honours & BA,BSc,BCom Pass courses

Nomenclature of courses has been changed for four-year UG courses set to begin this July

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi |
March 10, 2013 9:00:24 am

The coming academic year,students seeking admission to undergraduate courses in Delhi University may no longer have the option of choosing BA/BSc/BCom Honours courses or the Programme or pass courses.

With the four-year undergraduate programme set to begin from July,Delhi University has brought about a change in the nomenclature of courses.

Under the existing system,a student can choose an Honours course in a subject of his/her choice or a BA/BSc/BCom Programme or Pass courses.

Under the Programme or Pass courses,students get to study multiple subjects during the three years of their undergraduate degree.

But since the four-year undergraduate courses have the option of multiple exit points,the degree a student receives will depend on the number of years the student spends on the course and his/her choice of subjects.

Thus,under the four year degree system,a student who exits the course after two years will be an Associate Baccalaureate.

If he/she opts out of the course after three years,the student will be a Baccalaureate.

On the completion of four years,the student will either get a Baccalaureate with Honours in his/her major discipline subject or a BTech degree.

Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh said the reason behind this change was to do away with the distinction between various disciplines.

“We want to convey the idea that this kind of distinction between disciplines is not always healthy. If a student who has taken physics as his major discipline also studies six papers in history,which is his minor discipline,what degree do you give him — BA or B Sc? We changed the nomenclature to do away with this confusion,” he said.

Though the university is yet to finetune the new system,officials said they were planning to award Baccalaureate degrees to humanities students and BTech degrees to science students.

Talking about the idea behind giving a BTech degree,a senior university official said,“There are hundreds of private colleges which offer BTech degrees,some of which are not recognised. Why shouldn’t a student who has spent four years on an undergraduate course in Delhi University get a BTech degree?”

With the emphasis on inter- and trans-disciplinarity,students of the four year courses will have to study 11 foundation courses.

These courses will cover a variety of subjects like information technology,governance and citizenship,geographic and socio-economic diversity,language and literature,science and life,mathematical ability,history,culture and civilization,environment and public health.

Apart from the major discipline in which a student is admitted,he/she will also study six papers in another subject — the minor discipline.

In addition to these two subjects and the 11 foundation courses in a range of disciplines,he/she can also study another discipline as an applied course.

University officials said that the admission to the four-year undergraduate programme will not see a departure from the existing admission policy.

Name change

Degree nomenclatureunder the four-year undergraduate programme

n If a student exits after two years:Associate Baccalaureate

n If a student exits after three years: Baccalaureate

n On completion of all four years: Baccalaureate with Honours or BTech.

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