Staff Reporter

Admission to several new

courses announced

Application forms will be on sale

from Tuesday

NEW DELHI: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University will soon be making a foray into distance education offering “unconventional” courses with online education being the dominant medium.

Following the University’s proposal to the Distance Education Council, a team from the Council visited the campus in February this year. “The Council recently granted its approval to the University to offer academic programmes in distance education mode. Such programmes will be imparted through a blend of online learning as well as classroom teaching. We are working on the style and philosophy of such courses,” announced Vice-Chancellor K. K. Aggarwal here on Monday. “We are not likely to go for conventional courses. The focus will be more on niche education. We would not like to duplicate our existing programmes in distance education.”

Prof. Aggarwal said two new programmes in B. Tech. could be introduced from the coming session – B. Tech. (Tool Engineering) and B. Tech. (Environment Engineering and Management).

“We have submitted our proposal to the All-India Council for Technical Education. We are waiting for this approval. We are hopeful of their go-ahead so that we can hopefully start these courses from the coming academic session,” he added.

The University also announced admissions to some of its new courses to be launched from this session.

The University School of Basic and Applied Sciences will offer an M. Tech. (Nano Science and Technology) course, which has been approved by the Department of Science and Technology and will admit 15 students.

Keeping in mind the great need for environment conservation and protection, an M. Sc. programme in Biodiversity and Conservation will be launched under the aegis of the same University School offering 15 seats.

Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital are starting a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics programme with an intake of 10 seats. “The University has submitted a proposal to the National Council for Teacher Education to start an M. Ed. Programme on the campus with 50 seats. If things fall in place, maybe we can run it from this session,” said Prof. Aggarwal.

ISO award

The University has recently been awarded the ISO 9001: 2000 certification by the Standardisation, Testing and Quality Certification Directorate of the Department of Information Technology at the Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

“This year we have received 1.6 lakh applications for all the courses, which is 20 per cent higher that the last year. The largest increase has been in B. Tech. and BBA, primarily because of our excellent placements and reasonable educational standards,” noted Prof. Aggarwal.

The University on Monday also announced different courses providing opportunities to working professionals for upgrading their skills, like MBA; MBA (Banking and Insurance); MBA (Real Estate); MBA (Disaster Management); M. Tech. (Information Technology); and post-graduate diploma in electronic media.There are some weekend programmes exclusively for women: M. Tech. (Electronics and Communication Engineering) and MBA (Enterprise Systems). The application forms will be on sale from Tuesday.