From next year, Mumbai University students might be able to pursue two undergraduate programmes simultaneously.
To provide better opportunity to students, the university has proposed allowing students to take up two courses at the same time in the same faculty.
For example, a student enrolled for a B.Com degree will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) course. It could also be a combination of a diploma and a degree. So, a student can take up a BA and a B.Ed course at the same time.
“Students can take one programme in college and the other via distance education or they take one course in a morning college and the other in an evening college or one part-time course and one full-time course,” said Suresh Ukarande, dean of technology who is the head of a six-member committee that has made this proposal.
The committee is examining aspects such as enrollments and attendance norms. “Students will have to follow eligibility conditions of the university and adhere to attendance norms,” he added.
The committee will submit its report to the university next week, which will have to be approved by the academic council and management council.
This will be different from the dual degree programme offered by some institutes. In a dual degree, two courses are integrated, while the Mumbai University’s proposal offers students the freedom to pursue two courses of their choice simultaneously. Currently, students pursuing a graduate degree can only sign up for short-term certificate courses offered by the university. “The initiative is an academically good exercise because it will give students complementary knowledge in a short time span but it has to be examined from all aspects,” said professor Vinayak Dalvi, a zoology professor at Mithibai College who is also on the committee.
Dalvi, however, added, “The standard operating procedures such as how the initiative will support the mandatory 75% attendance and also the examination timetables have to be looked at carefully. Also, the enrollments should be reasonably high to sustain the initiative.”