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‘One course, many subjects is a boon’

More and more students these days are opting for careers and higher education options other than what they studied as their undergraduate subject.

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2010 00:22 IST
Mallica Joshi

Are you among those who have graduated in English but think Political Science is your cup of tea? Or you don’t want to pursue Journalism after a course in the same?

More and more students these days are opting for careers and higher education options other than what they studied as their undergraduate subject.

“I pursued journalism as an undergraduate course but later realised that I was more interested in Political Science. Since we had papers in Political Science, I found it easier to crack the MA Political Science entrance examination,” said Teena Jha, a DU student.

What has made it possible for many is the overhaul in the syllabus that made it necessary for students to study concurrent courses.

Earlier, subsidiary courses and languages were non-credit courses. In 2004-05, the Honours courses were restructured.

The restructured programmes include concurrent courses of about 20 per cent weightage, that are based on related subjects, languages, literature and interdisciplinary themes, and which support the study of the major discipline. These courses are specially designed to make them attractive to a non-specialist student.

“As a student of English (Honours), I studied papers in History and Economics. That’s why I found it easier to select History as the subject for postgraduate studies,” said Ujjwal Negi, a student, who is now preparing for the civil services examination.

The new programme enables students to have a broad-based knowledge and makes subjects more relevant.

“Having interdisciplinary courses is very important as it makes education more inclusive. No discipline can be studied in isolation,” said Promodini Verma, principal, Bharati College.

Concurrent courses are now a part of most undergraduate programmes. “Political Science, Literature and History are some of the concurrent courses a student of Psychology is required to study at the graduate level. It helps put the subject in context. This year, we are introducing Sociology as a concurrent course for Psychology students,” said Ujjayini Ray, who teaches History at Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

Journalism (Honours) has papers in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Development Studies and Social Psyche. “Most of my classmates did not want to pursue a career in Journalism and went for further studies in Economics, Political Science, International Relations and Sociology,” said Aditi Sharma, who was a student of Journalism at Delhi University and is now pursuing a course in Sociology.

Teachers agree that this trend is for the better. “As each course is dependent on the other, this approach is a blessing for students. It also helps them broaden their horizons and go in for further studies in a subject that they may not have majored in,” said Babli Moitra Saraf, principal, IP College for Women.

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