A course that doesn’t dictate what one should study and lets students choose their subjects — and even colleges — is set to dawn at the Delhi University (DU) this July.
The university is working on a four-year B-Tech in humanities that will give students the freedom to decide their semester subjects. They will even get to pick the college of their choice for each semester.
The course will be put before DU’s academic and executive councils next month for approval. If it gets the nod, 20 students will be admitted to begin with.
“We’ve envisioned a course where students won’t be confined to subjects chosen by us. They will decide what they want to study. This course will be very hands-on and research-oriented,” said DU vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh.
A student wanting to major in history will have to do field work and research projects with the Archaeological Survey of India, INTACH and similar agencies.
BTech in media will require field-work in the print and electronic media, advertising and media management. Students will be free to take courses in other subjects, such as psychology or sociology.
Career counsellor Usha Albuquerque welcomed the course.
“DU courses are in dire need of updates. A hands-on and practical approach can do much good. But the programme won’t work unless there is coordination between the colleges. Students should not be made guinea pigs of a new system,” she said.