Cross-university education will no more remain a dream for students in Delhi.
Pursuing two courses simultaneously at Delhi University (DU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) or graduate students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) trying their hands at technical courses offered at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) may soon become a reality.
To make this possible, four city-based institutes — DU, JMI, IIT and JNU — will join hands to tap their best faculties and make cross-discipline education available to students.
“We are looking at making courses like environment sciences, biotechnology, disaster management and mass communication available to students. We also have a good social sciences faculty, especially in social work, which can prove to be useful for the students,” said Najeeb Jung, vice-chancellor, JMI.
The university is also aiming at making the flow of education smoother for students so as to enable them to transfer their credits from one system to another.
“We want to make it easier for students to transfer their credits from one university to another. So, if a student is pursuing economics (hons) in DU, he can take up mass communication in JMI or some technical course in IIT at the same time. The idea is to make the system of education smoother for students,” said Jung.
DU, too, has given its go-ahead for the project and has already started identifying students from various streams to be part of this pilot programme.
“We are trying to create a programme that complements the strength of each university. For instance, Jamia has a strong faculty in media and IIT has a similar technical backing. Similarly, both JNU and DU are strong in several fields. By July 2012, we would have launched this as a full-time programme. Students from streams like economics, physics and mathematics have expressed a keen interest in joining the programme,” said Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor, DU, at a ‘Learn Today’ meeting.
Meanwhile, the institutes are awaiting further clarity on the matter to decide the future course of action.
“Two weeks ago, we had our last meeting with representatives of the other three universities. Our next meeting will take place on January 7, which will give us greater clarity on the matter,” said Najeeb Jung.
Jung added that there would be no central campus to carry out the programme, as it would be based on an exchange model of education.