The first signs of the introduction of the semester system and restructuring of the courses are visible with the overhaul of the present BSc programme.
The university has completely restructured two streams, BSc Applied Physical Science and BSc Applied Life Science. Some courses from each of the streams have been regrouped in the existing BSc Physical Science and BSc Life Science.
A new stream, BSc Chemical Science, been introduced with some courses from BSc Applied Physical Science and BSc Applied Life Science. BSc (General) Mathematical has been renamed BSc Mathematical Sciences.
“Somehow the Applied Sciences courses sounded secondary or inferior to the honours courses. So we decided to rename and revamp them to make it equally important as the honours courses,” said S.K. Garg, principal of Deen Dayal Upadhaya College and member of the Empowered Committee for the introduction of the semester system.
Students seeking admission to BSc Physical Science course will have Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and they can opt for one out of the three papers — Chemistry, Computer Science or Electronics. Botany and Zoology have been merged to create the curriculum for BSc Life Sciences.
Students interested in the BSc Mathematical Science course will have Mathematics as compulsory subject.
The entire BSc Applied Life Sciences course has been merged with some papers from BSc Applied Physical Science. Students can also opt for subjects such as gems and gemology, cosmetology, food technology and forensic chemistry.
Teachers have expressed apprehensions about the restructured courses.
“The decision to merge the applied science courses will dilute the discipline. They formed one-third of the total curriculum. So, if a child was doing 20 papers under the BSc programme, they would have done four papers in applied sciences, which has been reduced to two now,” said Savithri Singh, principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College.
Pradyuman Kumar who teaches Applied Physical Sciences in Hindu College felt though the changes in the courses are welcome, the students should not be deprived of the specialized choices that the applied sciences offer.