DU gives insight into 4-year course

Delhi University officials at the open day for BTech (Humanities) on Tuesday said the four-year bachelor degree course will be implemented by September this year.  

The course will only accept students from DU’s regular colleges, School of Open Learning and non-collegiate programme but the students will have to cancel their present admissions in other courses first. “In DU students can’t take up two courses at a time. Thus, they have to cancel their present admissions once they get through this course,” said Sukrita Paul Kumar, coordinator, BTech (Humanities). The course is a part of a cluster innovation centre (CIC) which was started in 2011.

The admissions to the four-year course have been extended till August 17 and an entrance test is scheduled on August 26 which will be followed by an interview. The classes will start from September 3 and have a total of 40 students.On the other hand, students seemed to be confused about the cancellation of the present course and the refund amount. “August 16 is the last date for cancellation in colleges for our honours and programme courses. Till August-end  we won’t know if we have been selected in BTech (Humanities). After August 16, no refund will be given to us by the colleges,” said a student participating in the open day.  Sukrita said since the admission dates of the course have been extended, a minimum fee between Rs 250 and Rs 1,000 will be deducted. Students said none of the officials were sure about the fee refund. A frequently asked question was the idea behind ‘designing your own degree’. In this course, out of the eight semesters, students will choose papers of their choice between semesters two and seven from five broad streams – Journalism, Education, Counselling, Historical Tourism and Art and Design. “From these broad topics, students can select whatever papers are available in university’s colleges. If somebody chooses journalism then there are over five colleges teaching BA Journalism from which the students can select whichever paper they want to study depending on their interest such as ethics, political or business journalism,” said Sukrita.  Some quizzed about the professional viability of this degree. “I want to become an IAS officer, thus I have taken History (H). The officials told me there are subjects other than History which will be helpful in civil services. But what if I don’t get through?” said another student. “I leave my honours course which has concurrent papers like Economics, Political Science, English and mix various papers from different subjects like Sociology, Political Science and Economics for this programme. With no specialisation what do I do my postgraduation  in then?” student added. According to Sukrita, postgraduation can be pursued depending on the number of papers of a particular subject selected by the student. “The four-year degree is wholesome though,” she said. The coordinator said, “People are beginning to realise that specialisation in courses doesn’t help.” At least 300 applications have been submitted till now. The couse’s fee is Rs 5,000 per semester.  “Since it is the start, we are not talking about placements. But students will get  mentors from different streams to guide them,” she added.

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