Implementing the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission and the report of the Yashpal Committee,the Allahabad University has launched a seven-year integrated course in Globalisation and Development Studies that will entitle an undergraduate student to a D Phil degree at the end of the course.
It is said to be among the first such programme in the country. So far,five-year integrated courses have been offered by many universities,including Allahabad University,across the country.
Allahabad University PRO Prof P K Sahu said the university had sent a proposal for the seven-year course to the University Grants Commission that recently gave its consent. We are yet to go through the entire list of such integrated courses being offered by other universities in the country. But so far five-year integrated courses have been the norm. Seven-year integrated courses would be rare,if at all, said Prof Sahu. The programme will be introduced in the academic session of 2012-13 itself.
The course,which will have 20 seats,is open to 10+2 students with 50 per cent marks provided they clear an entrance test. Students can quit mid-way. But to have a bachelors degree,they can quit only after four years. They can also quit with a masters degree at five years, said a university official,adding the course has been designed keeping in view the needs of job markets in the era of globalisation.