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This univ is working on getting you jobs

Delhi’s all-new Dr BR Ambedkar University offers three interdisciplinary Masters programmes in social sciences Reports Vimal Chander Joshi

education Updated: Jul 14, 2009 17:24 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Those who are still doubtful of making it to a PG programme in Delhi University or Jawaharlal Nehru University now have one more option in the Capital. The newest state university, Dr BR Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD), is set to roll out three new programmes in its first batch starting in August.

If you have scored 55 per cent marks in graduation and are deeply inspired by social causes like environment, the social ills of unemployment, gender inequality and poverty, then these courses are meant for you.

Neat planning
The programmes were chosen for AUD after meticulous assessment of six new courses. “Thirty known experts from NGOs, the World Bank, Confederation of Indian Industry, government agencies and social welfare organisations brainstormed in more than a dozen meetings,” says Vice-Chancellor Prof. Shyam Menon. “Then the socio-human feasibility of the courses was evaluated and it was decided to introduce these in the first batch.”

The teaching method for MA in development studies, environment and development and psychosocial clinical studies will be interactive, with student-teacher interactions taking up majority of the classroom time.

Menon says, “Our four-hour classroom coaching includes a one-hour presentation by the teacher followed by two hours of general discussion and concludes with a one-hour discussion-cum-presentation by the students. Instead of a classroom lecture, we propagate interactive education. Students will be made to read a lot for half of the week and review the books later.”

Unique features
AUD will offer programmes in social sciences, and not in commerce or science. “There are universities that run programmes in engineering and management, but very few train students specifically in social sciences,” says Prof. AR Khan, Dean. “We have introduced the programmes considering their career potential after taking inputs from experts.”
The university will have a semester system, with internal exams, on the basis of which students’ performance will be evaluated, with weightage also given to performance in class, projects and presentations. At the end of the semester, the students will get grades, not marks.

Student-centric education
Studies will be on basis of credit systems. Khan tells us, “As the programmes are interdisciplinary, they comprise inter-related courses, and each course comprises a few credits. Each credit would be of 16 class lectures and four credits put together would make a course.”

Infrastructure
AUD is now is located in Dwarka’s Sector 9 and operates out of the Integrated Institute of Technology campus, occupying a substantial part of the first and third floors. It will have four classrooms, a big library with more than 1,800 books and sitting room with Internet facilities and a seating capacity of 40.

The university is also trying to get 30-40 rooms in the hostel meant for the Integrated Institute of Technology, “for housing outstation students, research assistants and associates, but nothing has been finalised,” adds Khan.
“We will invite visiting teachers — bureaucrats, authors and experts — from abroad who are concerned about social causes,” says Prof. Satyajeet Singh, who helped design the curriculum for development studies.

Scholarships
Though a Rs 16,000 fee per semester is reasonable, AUD has some scholarships to offer. Around one-fourth of the students will get full fee waiver and half have to be content with a part waiver. Some will also get monthly subsistence. For details, visit www.aud.ac.in. Last date to submit forms is July 20.
vimal.joshi@hindustantimes.com

Quick takes for PG aspirants

Deadline extended from July 6 to July 20

One of the two entrance tests that was scheduled for July 12 has been scrapped

The entrance test will now take place along with interview between July 24 and 27

Eligibility criterion has been relaxed from 55 per cent to 50 per cent for those with one-year relevant work experience and for post-graduates with 50 per cent