Delhi University plans post-graduate course in one year

Complete DU post-graduation in one year from 2015 as The Delhi University is targeting the post-graduate level for its next big set of reforms.

The aim is to enable students to complete the four years long undergraduate programme to get a master’s degree in one year. For this, there will be a credit based system accompanied with a flexibility of choosing of courses.

Delhi University is working to introduce a credit-based system at the PG level that could enable and a student out of a four-year undergraduate system to get a Master’s degree in one year.

Regarding this, the vice chancellor Dinesh Singh said some glimpses of the changes would be visible from the forthcoming session itself although the full set of reforms will be introduced from 2015-16. He further pointed that there will be certain minor changes in the foundation course as well. Singh said he wanted to bring in grand projects in the first year which will be trans-disciplinary.

Here, it becomes important to keep the UG course in accordance as well. Therefore the varsity was working on a system where a UG student would be able to earn extra credits in his fourth year and get its benefit at the PG level. Trans-disciplinary programmes will also be introduced addressed by Singh while stressing that the proposed PG reforms would have to be ratified by the university’s academic and executive councils.

It will be rather a credit based system rather than one year or two year and the further decisions regarding a student’s career will depend on the credits earned by him. If you are coming from Delhi (university) system, the requirements of credits will be much less in masters’ programme than for someone coming from another system. The expectation is that a DU student will be able to gain the credits in about a year’s time,” Singh said.

The V-C said the credit system would be more flexible than the current one. “No one should prevent a student who wants to take an extra credit. Right now there is so much rigidity. If you want to do masters in mathematics you need to do 16 courses in four semesters. I want to change that a little bit. Of course, there has to be a minimum, but why do we hamper students’ desire to do a little extra?” Singh said.

Trans-disciplinary PG Programmes-

The university is also looking at introducing trans-disciplinary PG programmes in a meta-department environment. Explaining this, Singh said: “Take for example the mathematics faculty where we have four departments — computer science, operations research, statistics and mathematics. And the four hardly ever allow students to take credits from each other. Now we want to create a sort of heady mix by re-designing the content and re-creating the format, so that the credit can come from various sources. Why should we prevent a mathematics student from taking some computer science or statistics courses? That sort of flexibility is what we want to bring in for all our graduate programmes across faculties.”

The V-C said the university was working on these plans and committees are to be announced soon. “Some experimental changes will come from the 2014-15 session. The real changes will come in one year from now. I have been speaking to department heads individually for sometime, asking them if they can build meta-department programmes so that some credit will come from project work and some from trans-disciplinary courses,” said Singh.

The changes aim a fair satisfying stage for all. Keeping the foundation course as it is, things will be improved so that the credit based system is laid down successfully.

There is no need of additional focus on the foundation course as that will take fair amount of student’s time. Efforts are made to merge both the projects in such a way.

Multiple projects are carried out in such a way that they are helpful to the students of different fields and they could extract information that is helpful to their own respective fields.

Things will enable the completion of courses in a shorter period which will be helpful to the girls facing socio-economic issues. Secondly, confidence level and communication abilities of students will improve with trans-disciplinary knowledge.

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