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Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 27, 2013
Students who thought they would have to go through years of study to attain a degree in music can now take a breather. Delhi University’s (DU) Faculty of Music and Fine Arts is all set to launch three new diploma courses for students who want short-term training in music. The department already has Bachelors, Masters, MPhil and PhD courses in music. Professors from the department said that the diploma course would facilitate shorter modules of learning in music.

While the Santoor will be added to the already existing programmes, two new additions will be made to the courses.

“We have drafted a proposal to start three new diploma courses in the faculty. We will add santoor in the present curriculum and in addition to that we will start diploma courses in harmonium and semi-classical music,” said Anupam Mahajan, former head and dean.

However, even though a proposal has been drafted for the new courses, the modalities of the same are yet to be worked out by the varsity. Finer details such as eligibility criteria and number of seats, among others are still to be decided on.

“The first step will be for the council to discuss it. After that it will go to the courses committee, following which it will be discussed at the faculty meeting. Thereafter, it will be tabled in the standing council and then the Academic and Executive council meetings,” Mahajan added.

Students who have been pursuing music also maintained that it would open up greater avenues for aspirants. While other institutes such as Gandharva Mahavidyalaya impart education in music, the new course will provide a wider platform for students applying for higher education too.

“When students apply abroad for higher studies, an added degree in something as substantial as music stands them in good stead. This kind of a short term course would definitely provide a buffer,” said Ridhi Misra, a DU student.