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Allahabad University offers D.Phil in 7-yr integrated course

Taking forward the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission and the report of the Yashpal Committee on encouraging integrated courses, the Allahabad University (AU) has introduced a seven-year integrated programme in “Globalisation and Development Studies” that will entitle an undergraduate student to a D.Phil degree at the end of the course.

It is said to be among the first such programme to be introduced in the country. So far, five-year integrated courses in various subjects and streams have been offered by many universities, including AU, across the country. Allahabad University PRO Prof P K Sahu said the university authorities had sent a proposal for the seven-year integrated programme proposal to the University Grants Commission that recently gave its consent.

“We are yet to go through the entire list of such integrated courses being offered by other universities in the country. But so far five-year integrated courses have been the norm. Seven-year integrated courses would be rare, if at all,” said Prof Sahu. The programme will be introduced in the academic session of 2012-13 itself, he added.

The programme, having 20 seats, allows a student passing class 12 examination in any stream with 50 per cent marks to take an entrance test for it. At the time of admission, the students will have to select the option for the seven-year programme and can take admission in B.A, B. Sc. or B. Com. The programme will be under three-plus-two-plus-two-scheme.

There is also provision for the students quitting the programme mid-way. “But to have a bachelor’s degree, they can quit only after four years. They can also quit with a master’s degree at five years,” said a university official, adding that it has been designed in keeping “the needs of job markets in the era of globalisation.”

These students need not appear in any other test throughout the course. However, they will have to maintain a cumulative grading point aggregate (CGPA) of six in every semester for eligibility to continue.

Earlier, students keen on a D. Phil programme were required to take an entrance test at the under-graduate level, post-graduate level and then at the D. Phil level. Also, throughout they had to maintain a minimum of 55 per cent marks. “Such courses are the norm in world famous institutions like Oxford. So far, no new proposals on these lines are pending. But we are working towards them,” said Prof Sahu. (The Indian Express)

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