Students applying for Delhi University’s B.Sc Programme can heave a sigh of relief. The B.Sc. programme is all set to become more popular after being revised, pruned and streamlined.
"We have rationalized the syllabus and the course content has been reduced. There was also a lot of overlapping of topics in different subjects, which have been deleted," said Savithri Singh, Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College.
Difficult topics from various subjects have also been deleted. "The course was difficult in parts. For instance instead of two papers, Chemistry will have three — Organic, Inorganic and Physical," said SR Arora, Principal of Hansraj College.
With an easier syllabus and many options in applied physical and life sciences, the B.Sc. programme is a must check-out for students aspiring to get into DU.
"The B.Sc. programme focuses on interdisciplinary education and first-year students study physics, chemistry, biology, math, electronics and computer science," said Singh.
"A lot of physicists start with physics and go on to become biologists. So a foundation course in all subjects will ensure that students have the option of moving from one area to another," said Singh.
The introduction of computers and electronics also ensures that B.Sc. programme students are up-to-date with latest electronic lab instruments and are also computer-savvy.
Another interesting feature in the BSc programme has been the increasing popularity of B.Sc. Applied Physical Sciences and BSc Applied Life Sciences. "BSc Applied Physical Sciences in Computers and Electronics is hugely popular. It gives students a base to do a Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) or do a MSc," explained Arora.
At Acharya Narendra Dev students go for field training to Jim Corbett National Park and Central Sericulture Research and Training Institute in Mysore. Students of Industrial Chemistry at Atma Ram Sanatam Dharma College go for training in industries.
"The scope of applied sciences has increased tremendously. There is a huge demand for students who know are aware of the latest instruments being used in the industry and once can also opt for a MSc in Industrial Chemistry," said officiating principal Kavita Bhatia.
Delhi University had decided to revise the B.Sc. programme after it recorded more than 50 per cent failure of students in the 2007 examination. Students had also launched an agitation against the examination result and tough syllabus.