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Study contemporary issues, classics in art course this yr

From studying Rip Van Winkle in English literature to current case studies in national politics, the fresh batch of degree college students have a lot to look forward to this year.

mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2011 02:13 IST
Kiran Wadhwa
Kiran Wadhwa
Hindustan Times

From studying Rip Van Winkle in English literature to current case studies in national politics, the fresh batch of degree college students have a lot to look forward to this year.

The University of Mumbai will also adopt the credit, semester and grading system for the first time this year. Credits will be the measure of work done by a student in the form of classes, project work and field assignments. Semesters will divide each year into two parts with exams at the end of each and students will be rewarded grades instead of marks.

“The credit and semester system is a standardised global method that will give students horizontal mobility across institutions. Also, it will assess students based on overall development and not just one final exam,” said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development.

Major syllabus changes have been made to subjects of the arts faculty in the first year BA course. “The overall aim for introducing changes in the syllabus of all arts subjects is to make them more contemporary,” said PG Jogdand, dean, faculty of arts.

In an effort to make the syllabus more contemporary, sub-topics such as global culture have been introduced in sociology while in political science students will study current case studies of national politics.

“We want to increase the focus on marginalised sections of society to enhance the social awareness of students. For example, in history, students will learn about dalits and adivasis. In political science, students will learn about caste politics and in economics cover people below the poverty line,” he added.

Another battle the arts faculty is facing is the dwindling number of enrollments in some subjects. “In my college (St Andrews College), 120 students take English in the first year and when it comes to picking it as a specialisation in the third year we are left with only 30 students,” said Marie Fernandes, chairman, English language board of studies. “This year, first year students will study some fun short stories such as Rip Van Winkle and get a glimpse of literature through sonnets and novels.”

The commerce and science faculty just finished revision of their courses last year so there are no changes in their syllabus.

Edu board warns CBSE schools

Bhavya Dore

Mumbai: The education department will take action against errant Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools if they allow students, who took the school exam instead of the board exam, to apply to state junior colleges.

The department had earlier declared that only those CBSE students, who opted for the board exam, can apply to junior colleges. CBSE schools have to fill in students’ marks in the junior college online admission forms because while students only received grades, the CBSE has sent the list of marks to schools.

“We are taking the CBSE schools’ word for it when they fill in the form for their students,” said an education department official. “If we find that a school has passed off a final exam student as a board exam one, we will take action against the school.”

Wednesday was the first day when students applying to junior college could fill the option forms in the online admission process. A total of 298 students’ option forms have been approved.

Though there was a three-hour delay in the opening of the option form, schools did not report any problem. “We have had no complaints,” said CR Pathak, principal of HVB Academy in Marine Lines. The delay was caused as the data on the students from the state board came in later.

Officials said that non-SSC students would be able to begin form submissions from Wednesday itself. “Earlier, we had thought we would begin all submissions together, but our technical partner has told us the other submissions can begin,” said an education department official.

Second merit list for degree colleges today

Mumbai: Students applying to degree colleges were on Wednesday asked to wait for another day to check their names on the second merit list.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mumbai University sent out a press release stating that the second merit list will be displayed by Thursday afternoon. The revised schedule led to confusion among students and principals. Two city colleges, SIES College and RD National College, went ahead and declared their second merit list on Wednesday evening.

“Over the last few years, the university has never made any change in its admission schedule,” said Harsha Mehta, principal, SIES College, Sion. The cutoffs for the Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) and Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) courses dropped by two percentage points.

At RD National College, Bandra, the authorities put up the second merit list for the degree courses on Wednesday evening. However, the second merit lists for the self-financing BMS and BMM courses will be put up as per the revised schedule, college authorities said. “By shifting the date, we have given the colleges more time to make the list,” said a university official.

The second merit list for degree college will be put up on Thursday afternoon. HTC

First Published: Jun 23, 2011 02:07 IST