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The programme can be a platform for inter-disciplinary research

Move to launch the programmes from next year

Tailor-made for admission to PG courses

TIRUCHI: Bharathidasan University is expected to pursue shortly with the University Grants Commission (UGC) the proposal it had earlier submitted to start four-year B.S. programmes.

At the start of this academic year, the university was confident of securing the UGC nod by September for its proposal and was even mulling with the idea of offering the B.S. programme in the current year itself on its campuses and through well-equipped affiliated colleges. It desires to be in a position to launch the programme from the next academic year in order to attract and prepare the best brains for research in general science subjects, sources said.

The idea of equating B.S. programme of general universities with B.Tech. programmes of technical universities, mooted by the Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko, has generated interest among the academic community, drawing the attention of the country’s top science academies, including the Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science Academy.

As per the proposal of the university that has requisite expertise to offer the four-year programme in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Geotechnology, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electronic Science, a candidate with B.S. degree will fulfil all eligibility norms to take up M.Tech. programmes in technical universities.

According to Prof. Ponnavaikko, the benefits accruing to general universities from the B.S. programme are multi-pronged. In the first place, the universities can optimally utilise the abundance of space, sophisticated infrastructure and quality faculty at their disposal as advocated by the Yashpal Committee recommendation. The universities can thereby do their part for enhancing the gross-enrolment ratio in higher education. Incidentally, the idea will pave way for State universities to generate their own funds.

More importantly, universities in developed countries recognise only four-year under-graduate programmes for admission to PG programmes.

Due to this factor, several thousands of high-calibre candidates completing three-year B.Sc. and B.A. programmes have been out of the reckoning for admissions to foreign universities so far. The B.S. programme with a mix of science and engineering, and a higher focus on science, is tailor-made to suit their interests. Most of all, the programme can be the platform for inter-disciplinary research that jells well with the dynamic industrial environment.

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