DU panel calls for flexible 4-yr degree

Concept paper to be discussed on Monday

The concept paper based on the recommendations of the 61-member task force for the four-year graduation programme emphasises on multi-disciplinary courses, exit points in the degree, attention to course structure designed specially for teaching in primary or secondary schools and value-based courses.

It will be presented to the academic council (AC) at a special meeting to be held in Delhi University on Monday for a final decision on the programme’s structure. The course will begin from the next academic session in 2013.

“It will have multiple degree options to cater to the needs of students with
diverse talents and aspirations. Finishing four-year programme shall lead to the award of the bachelors with honours or BTech degree,” says the concept paper.

Students will have the option to pursue a three-year programme for which they will get a bachelors degree.

Those pursuing a two-year programme will be awarded with an associate bachelors degree.

They can also join the programme again, but the university will decide the time period for their readmission.

As per the concept paper, all students pursuing any of the multiple degree options will study a set of foundation or core courses that cover Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce.

The programme will also offer application papers in various disciplines to help students apply knowledge for solving real-world problems.

In the fourth year, two research-based papers or innovation projects will be introduced.
“This shall introduce them to the key principles of research methodology in the process of writing a dissertation or doing project work,” adds the paper.

Value-basedcourses should be introduced to enable students to reflect upon values and culture.

“It is recommended that a two-year integrated associate bachelors equivalent to the District Institute of Educational and Training qualification course and a four-year integrated bachelors with honours or BTech course equivalent to BEd be offered. These integrated courses shall help in addressing the severe shortage of high quality school teachers,” the paper says.

Credit will given to students participating in extra curricular activities and trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary courses will also be introduced.

Several teachers have expressed reservations over the recommendations citing lack of clarity and proper planning for postgraduate students and school of open learning.
They say pure sciences and Humanities courses will be diluted as the revamp is concentrating more on professionalising courses.

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