In an attempt at discussing the kind of education imparted by schools within the Indian scenario, the Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh brought out not just the present issues, which need redressal, but delved deeply into the history of educational establishment as well at a 'Learn Today' conference organised by Vasant Valley School.
Singh also spoke at length about his future plans for Delhi University. "As a pilot project, we are starting a Meta University, along with Jamia Millia Islamia, IIT and JNU,” Dinesh Singh said, adding, “We are trying to create a programme that compliments the strength of each university. Like Jamia has a very strong faculty in media, IIT has a very strong technical backing. Similarly, both JNU and DU are strong in several fields and by July 2012 we'll have launched this as a 4-year programme.”
In addition to this, Singh also announced that attempts at strengthening the present semester system of education in DU were underway. "By 2013, we want to reach a higher level in the semester system. Sometimes students realise halfway through a course that they are not cut out for it, so we want to create a plethora of options and courses so that students have a wide array of option. We will also give credit marks for ECA and sports and also provide exit options for students if they don't like the course," added Singh.
He also stressed on making available an option for students to graduate with a "skills certificate diploma" and coming back later and re-qualifying for the graduate course.