The Ambedkar University (AU) is set to offer three new courses at the undergraduate level this year. The new courses will be available in English, sociology and mathematics.
The course in English will comprise epics, drama, non-fiction along with non-conventional topics such as lyric, songs and film. The optional courses that a student can take for extra credits are on culture studies, folklore and children's literature.
The university, whose campus is in Dwarka and Kashmere Gate, was established by an act of the Delhi government in 2007 and notified in 2008.
The undergraduate curriculum at AU follows the semester system.
In the newly introduced mathematics course, topics such as statistics, probability, cryptography and numerical analysis will be taught. In sociology, core papers will include sociological concepts, social institutions, and sociological research.
At AU, undergraduate courses are flexible. Students do not start studying their major subjects until the third semester. Until then, they study basic foundation courses in English and social sciences.
During the first two semesters, all undergraduate students study the same subjects. After they make their choice, they will proceed to major in economics, psychology or history. All courses will have papers touching upon the Indian society, constitution and citizenship.
The university also offers a four-year BA (Honours) with dual major. A student can graduate with a BA (Honours) in Economics and History, for example. The two subjects that he/she opts for will be his/her major.
AU is the first Central or state university to implement the flexible mode of learning. At the post graduate level as well, the university has come out with new courses in English, economics, history and sociology.
Course Profile B.Sc.(Hons) Zoology
For students who are interested in genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology or other similar research areas, a course in zoology (honours) will lay down a strong foundation.
B.Sc. (Honours) Zoology is an even blend of biodiversity, chemistry, molecular and cell biology, animal physiology along with mathematics and statistics. The course also includes a concurrent course in technical writing and communicative in English.
Later on, it goes on to include branches like immunology, ecology, developmental biology, biotechnology and genetics. With a total of 24 papers, including the concurrent courses, students are then required to take an internship to give
them a hands-on experience in their field of study.
“While pursuing the course, it is imperative to utilise the holidays well. A zoology student must do an internship in this time. For this, you have several institutes like IISc (Bangalore), the National Institute of Oceanography (Goa) and WWF, which provide ample scope for learning on job,” said Prabhakar Dwivedi, a student of Hindu College.
“A student can either pursue further studies after doing a B.Sc. in Zoology or can straightaway start working in the corporate sector. Most students, however, prefer further studies as research broadens the scope of employment. Avenues like biotechnology and pharmacology are opening up for students of zoology,” said PK Sinha, who teaches Zoology in Hindu College.
“For students to understand what a job in this field will be like, summer training and internships are very important. They get an idea about how to work in a lab,” he added.
(Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi)