DU’s Humanities BTech course put on fast track

  • Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jul 19, 2012 00:15 IST

The Delhi University may soon be able to start its much-hailed B Tech in Humanities course by this year after all.

The Academic and the Executive Council, the highest decision-making bodies of the university, are set to meet over the weekend to discuss and deliberate on the new programme that was announced by vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh at a media gathering earlier this year.

The nature of the suggested programme is supposed to be interdisciplinary and flexible. According to the proposal that is going to be discussed on Saturday and Sunday, students who undertake this course will spend the first and the eighth semester of their course at the new Cluster Innovation Centre. In the first semester, students will be taught paper in Mathematical Awareness, Art of Communication, Impact of Technology, Cultural Diversity and Linguistic Plurality and Research Methods.

Between the second and the seventh semester, the students will be free to choose courses from different colleges from within five streams. These themes are Journalism, Education, Counselling, Historical Tourism and Art and Design.

As per the proposal, students will be able to choose two theory papers and two innovative projects in a semester. One student will not be allowed to pursue more than two semesters in one college. Another course for which the decision will be taken in the meetings is the Masters in Mathematics Education.

Credit transfer
Apart from the passage of courses, the transfer of credits from one university to another will be discussed.

The university has been toying with the idea of credit transfer for a long time now and has suggested that a DU student be allowed to pursue a paper in another university or institution and vice versa. The student will be examined and marked in that paper by the university from where he/she is pursuing the paper.

These credits will be recognised by participant universities. The meeting agenda, however, fails to mention the names of the participant universities.

"What does the university mean by credits? We do not have the credits system in the university. Also, the failure to mention the mane of the participants in the agenda may open the way from private universities later," said Amar Deo Sharma, president, Delhi University Teachers Association.


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