4-yr degree course structure proposed

In  a meeting held on Sunday Delhi University’s task force members, who are entrusted with the job of designing the curriculum of DU’s four-year graduation programme, proposed various course structures — focussing on projects and skills — one of which will be adopted soon for the programme to be implemented in 2013.

A committee member Professsor Virender Bhardwaj proposed that research work should be included at the undergraduate (UG) level.

“This is a valid ground for including students at the UG level for becoming professors. Teachers have been demanding for long about incorporating graduates. The problem was that since the UG level students did not do adequate research work, they did not meet the criteria to become professors,” Bhardwaj said.

He also proposed to divide the course work into different years.

In the first year, there will be 10 foundation general papers such as communication skills, Hindi, English, Mathematics, History, Political Science, Economics, Geography and Commerce among others.

In the second year, an associate degree equivalent to District Institute of Educational and Training (DIET) will be granted to students who want to opt for teaching in primary education sector.

The third year will have one paper of multiple choice questions from all disciplines, two application course papers and two transdisciplinary course papers that will be skill and employment-based. “In the fourth year, two papers will be research-oriented which will include project work. If the student chooses education papers, then he will be given a Bachelors of Education (BEd) degree or otherwise he will be given a BA (H) degree,”
Bhardwaj added.

The members also proposed to abolish or review internal assessment system.
“Students will get chance to join back if they opt out after two or three years of graduation. I have proposed a time period of up to five years,” he said.

Other proposed changes include that the class strength should not exceed more than 40 students, separate classes for Hindi and English medium students and increase in the department workload.

The heads of Education and Geography departments also stressed on project and research work. A member said one of the proposed course structures will be adopted by next week.

Several teachers also pointed out that proposals for incorporating repetitive papers in the first year have been given. They feel students will be wasting a year on them as they have already studied those during their school years.

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