Applied Sciences faculty unhappy

Subjects to be included as part of minor discipline in 4-year course

Faculty members of Delhi University colleges where applied science courses like electronics, instrumentation, food technology, computer science, biomedical sciences and are taught, are unhappy with DU’s decision of including these papers in the minor coursework under the four year graduation.

However, DU officials said that because there is no department at the University level for applied science, it will be difficult to include the courses in major (main) papers.

“Applied science papers should come in discipline 1 (major) and should be called B Tech.

In discipline 2 (minor), the recommendation is that only six papers of these courses will be taught, that too not much in detail.

These courses should be given their due importance,” said a faculty member of Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women.

As per the faculty member, a written representation on the issue was also submitted to the Vice Chancellor (VC) by members of National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) recently.

“If the related courses come under discipline 1, then the students will have to study 20 papers. It will give a better chance to students who want to pursue streams of applied science. Putting these papers in the minor category takes away higher professional opportunities from students,” added the professor.

A senior DU official said that all courses which are not linked to a department at the University level will be put in the minor category. “In applied science, there are courses like polymer science and food technology which do not have a department at the University level.

Chemistry is solution

This can create problems in times of restructuring, revising, dividing students, faculty members etc. Also applied science papers are in few select DU colleges,” he said.

However, the faculty members said that there are ways to include the papers in Discipline 1. “Polymer science can be included in the chemistry curriculum. |

Infact there are colleges in DU where the chemistry faculty teaches this paper.
The chemistry department faculty members are also keen on including it,” said the professor adding that similar adjustments can be made for other papers of applied Sciences.

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