BA: For a little bit of everything
The new BA Programme of Delhi University that came into force from July 2004 replaced the erstwhile B.A. (Pass) course, writes Parul Bansal.delhi Updated: May 29, 2009 13:30 IST
The new B.A. Programme of Delhi University that came into force from July 2004 replaced the erstwhile B.A. (Pass) course. It is an imminently worthwhile and enjoyable curriculum that offers students four categories of courses — Discipline courses, Language courses, Foundation courses and Application courses.
As one of the most flexible undergraduate programme, it allows students to opt for a variety of courses: academic/professional/vocational. They have to choose a combination of two disciplinary subjects like History and Political Science, Computer Applications and Mathematics that they study over three years.
These subjects are from diverse domains of Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Mathematical sciences etc. Besides learning the basics and the recent developments in the combination of opted subjects, students also do language courses like Hindi/English/Other languages to enhance their linguistic skills and literary sensibilities. An exciting bouquet of courses is available in the form of Foundation and Application courses like Human Rights, Gender and Environment, Contemporary India —Economy, Politics and Society, Life Crises — Coping and Evolving, Banking and Insurance etc. Such courses are highlights of a B.A. programme and are geared towards inculcating in students critical awareness about contemporary concerns and equipping them with practical skills and competencies. In total, there are 12 courses to be studied over 3 years’ period. The courses on offer vary from college to college.
The multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary spirit of this course structure is aimed at helping the students learn the approaches and methods of a couple of chosen subjects. Also, to enable them to integrate different perspectives and tools to understand a range of complex issues like globalization, gender, environment etc.
Hence, a student of B.A. Programme will not only have the updated knowledge but also will be able to look at a contemporary concern like ‘conflict’ at interrelated levels of personal, social, politics, economics and environment through a range of perspectives stemming from different subjects. Such a diverse educational experience provides special opportunities to students to think holistically and critically and act practically and prudently.
Since a wide variety of academic /professional/vocational skills are imparted through this course, students develop the basic intellectual equipment in terms of thinking ability, linguistic skills and reasonable knowledge in certain fields with which they can either go for higher studies or enter the world of work. After three years, students can opt for post-graduation in either of the two disciplinary subjects they have studied.
They can also pursue courses like Management, Social Work, Public Relations, Marketing, Mass Communication and Law. Some of the skill-based courses like Business Data Processing, Travel and Tourism, Advertising, Sales Promotion and Sales Management, Office Management and Secretarial Practice etc. paves the way for a confident entry into the work domain.
Parul Bansal, Lady Shri Ram College for Women