Aimed at encouraging students to discover and follow their real passion even within a structured education system, the DAV University here on Saturday announced integrated programmes up to doctorate level wherein students would be at liberty to choose courses from various streams to construct their own exam sets.
Soon after assuming charge as the private university's first vice-chancellor (V-C), RK Kohli told HT that parental pressure and comparisons with peers usually compel students to join particular programmes without a chance to explore their natural inclinations. "We will provide a motivational atmosphere to students," Kohli, accompanied by CL Kochher, regional director of the DAV College Managing Committee, said.
"The students need to obtain requisite credits by picking courses of their own choice from the second semester onwards. They can register the options online after consulting with university-appointed academic advisers, who will be available a week each before and after the semester exams," Kohli, a former dean of university instructions (DUI) at Panjab University, added. "There do exist certain compulsory courses in a programme, but more than 50% of the course options are elective. We're working out the modalities." Details and forms are on the website www.davuniversity.org.
Kohli further said the continuous evaluation system would be adopted. Surprise tests carrying 25% marks would be held every semester, though the results of two best tests of a student will be counted at the end. Another two pre-announced tests, one each at the end of half syllabus and at completion of syllabus, would carry 50% marks. The final exams at the end of the semester would carry the remaining 25% marks, Kohli informed.
"The results will be declared within one week. In fact, we will issue 'smart' degrees carrying students' academic records in a microchip," the V-C added.
To begin with, the university would offer 60 seats each in undergraduate courses while the intake would be 30 for post-graduate disciplines. "The seats will be filled on the basis of performance in the qualifying exam, the applicable entrance test and an interview for undergraduate courses. The provision for lateral entry and lateral exit will be offered. And admissions in PhD courses would be carried out as per norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC) or the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)," he said.
Courses on offer include BTech-MTech-PhD in robotics, environmental engineering, agriculture and biotechnology among other streams; BSc(Hons)-MSc(Hons)-PhD in anthropology, biochemistry and bioinformatics among other subjects; and also BCom-MCom(Hons)-PhD, BBA-MBA-PhD and BA(Hons)-MA(Hons)-PhD.