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4-yr course may give colleges a free hand

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 07, 2012
First Published: 23:33 IST(7/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:35 IST(7/12/2012)

Colleges under Delhi University may get some degree of autonomy under the proposed four-year undergraduate-degree programme.

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In a meeting of the 61-member task force, which was set up to make a proposal for the consideration of the academic council, the option of giving colleges to teach a small number of courses according to their expertise was discussed.

Under the plan, if a college has expertise in teaching technology, it will be allowed to teach the course to the students. The exams for this paper will also be in-house.   

"The number of these courses will be limited and will be strictly based on the expertise of college staff," said a member of the task force on condition of anonymity.

The Vice-Chancellor of DU has for long been advocating limited autonomy for the university colleges and this decision can be seen as a step in that direction. Another important decision of the task force was to change the earlier envisioned structure of the first year of the four-year programme.

While earlier every student was supposed to study the same subjects in the first year, under the revised plan students will study a set of interdisciplinary subjects along with subjects from their chosen discipline.

"Students will enroll in specific disciplines as they do currently but they will be able to choose a certain number of papers from other disciplines too. This way, the interdisciplinary approach will be maintained," the member added.

All courses will have elements of practical work, field work, dissertations and research projects. Also, tutorials will continue to be part of the new programme.

"For those students who wish to complete their honours degree, a paper in research methodology will be compulsory so that their research projects and dissertations are sound," said a member of the task force.

The proposed programme has options for three exits - one after two years (diploma for primary level teachers), one after three years (simple graduation) and four years (graduation with honours).


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