NEW DELHI

DU nod for restructured B.A. (Hons) and B.Sc. courses

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. If the last academic year saw Delhi University reinvent the `fading' B.A (Pass) programme, it will be the turn of the honours courses this time round. With the Academic Council passing the restructured B.A (Honours) and B.Sc. programmes at a meeting on Thursday, students will also get to study a more `green' curriculum, with the study of environment being one of the important additions.

While the new discipline courses passed for the BA programme were Psychology, Economics, linguistics and a language course, the B.A. (Hons) course will now see a major change with the subsidiary subjects being done away with from the new session. Replacing the subsidiary subjects in the first year will be concurrent ones. Students will have to opt for four of the concurrent courses in the first year including a compulsory language and a qualifying paper that is a non credit language paper.

The choice would be from a range of inter-disciplinary and disciplinary courses. Apart from the regular subjects like English, Hindi, Modern Indian Languages, Maths, Political Science, History, Geography, Sociology and Psychology.

Students will also get to choose from some new interesting subjects like Reading Gandhi, Ethics, Environmental Issues, Mathematical Awareness, Gender and Society and Language, literature and culture.

Being revised perhaps for the first time since its inception, the new B.Sc programme will replace the earlier B.Sc (Group A) and B.Sc ( Group B) that will now be called B.Sc Physical Sciences and B.Sc Life Sciences. A new course in B.Sc Biological Sciences has also been approved.

The first year would include foundation courses, with the discipline courses coming in the second year. Some of the foundation courses include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Electronics, Environmental Science and Technical Writing. Coming as it does following the Supreme Court's order asking for the inclusion of environment as a subject by all school boards and universities, the addition is being seen as a small but significant step.

Disrupted for a short while by the protest and slogan shouting of a small group of teachers who wanted the Vice Chancellor to call a requisition meeting to discuss the issue of re-employment and appointment of ad-hoc teachers, the items on the agenda were eventually passed by the house, albeit without a discussion.

Since the new courses are part of the programmes meant to be introduced from the coming academic session, University officials said it was thought important to get them passed first. A sub-committee of the Academic Council, the standing committee is made up of Deans, Heads of Departments, Principals and elected members with the courses being approved by concerned Curriculum Development Committees, Departments, Committees of courses and Faculties. Taking strong note of the disturbance and delay caused to the meeting, the Council also passed a resolution condemning the act of disruption by some of the elected Council members.

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