Students applying to Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) can now graduate with a degree in tourism and hospitality.
Earlier, the course was only taught as a certificate or diploma course but from the new academic year, it has been converted to BA (Honours) in Tourism and Hospitality.
A student opting for it must have a senior secondary or higher secondary or equivalent school certificate with at least 45 per cent marks in aggregate.
The new course consists of eight papers with subjects such as global tourism, Indian tourism, heritage, a foreign language, accommodation and transportation and computerised reservation system which will be a practical subject.
Sanskrit has been introduced in the pass course and subsidiary level for undergraduate courses in the faculty of humanities, social science and natural science.
At the post-graduate level, two new courses have been added, Masters in Physiotherapy (MPT-Sports) and Ph.D in Physiotherapy, which will be taught at the Centre for Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.
The Centre offers Ph.D Programme in Physiotherapy and allied disciplines. The admission processes in Ph.D. starts in July and January, each year. The two-year MPT-Sports course will be spread over four semesters of which one will be a teaching project. The course has 10 seats and one needs to have a Bachelor in Physiotherapy with a minimum 50 per cent marks.
The courses started under the UGC innovative programme scheme will focus on sports.
Among other things that have been introduced in the varsity for the new academic year is the entrance test for B.Tech, BDS (Bachelor in Dental Surgery), Bachelor in Architecture that will now be held outside Delhi, too. The new centres are Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Srinagar, Lucknow and Calicut.
The fee for foreign students has also been revised for the new session. Earlier, the foreign students paid a fixed amount, now they will have to pay as per the classification of their nation, developed or developing. “The classification has been done as per the Planning Commission. This was done keeping in mind the varied background of students from developed and developing nations,” said Simi Malhotra, media coordinator, JMI.