The Delhi University is gearing up for multifaceted student development courses. Come academic session 2013, Delhi University Vice Chancellor Professor Dinesh Singh is to take the university to a four-year ‘meta college’ mode.
The new model aims at inter-mixing various disciplines based on the interests of the students. To start with, the university will launch a BTech in Humanities from the coming academic session.
Professor Singh who has been ambitious about the various innovative projects and has been trying to push for outdoor research work and more of practical learning at the under-graduate level, feels that the students should be allowed to study the papers of their interest. Singh insist that even sports cannot be neglected as an important disciple. “A student who studies mathematics and his heart beats for football can play football at the university level and get credits for it along with mathematics,” explains Singh.
The ‘meta college’ concept will also allow students to study in the various colleges of Delhi University. “All courses will carry certain credit points. The student can opt for a college of his or her own choice to study a particular paper in a course,” explains Singh. The Vice Chancellor wants the students to get a feel of not just one college of the university, but the entire university as a whole. Interestingly, the programme will help students not just studying in the Delhi University, but the university also plans to conduct exchange programmes with universities like Jamia Milia Islamia, the IITs and the IIIT.
The four-year trans-disciplinary programme will give the students an exit option as well. In case a student completes two years in a course, an Associate Degree will be awarded, a three-year course will give a Bachelor Degree and a four-year course an Honours. “The courses will be designed in such a fashion that after completing two years, our student will be competent to become an elementary school teacher and an excellent researcher by the end of four years,” explains Singh. The students who take an exit after a two or three year program will be giving an option to reenter and compete their Honours anytime in the next ten years.
All courses in the university from the next year will include more of outdoor research and will be designed in a more interactive fashion. The V-C also wants to give this opportunity to the students who have enrolled themselves in the School of Open Learning (SOL). The SOL is likely to get into the semester mode from the 2014 academic session. “Some students from the SOL will be given an opportunity to do some papers in the main stream colleges and vise versa,” said the V-C.