The HRD Minister Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju has said the Delhi University is going to start a four year graduation course from the coming Academic Session. He said, according to the information furnished by the University of Delhi, under the Programme, there is a provision of awarding diverse degrees, including Diploma, Bachelor Degree and Honours Degree on the completion of two, three and four years, respectively. The programme provides flexibility to the students to exit after two and three years and such students can return within a span of ten years, if otherwise eligible, to complete the Degree and/or Honours Degree. The courses under the new Four Year Undergraduate Programme comprise Foundation Courses (11 in number), compulsory for all students to be taught in the first four semesters in order to strengthen their educational base; Discipline Courses I (20 in number) which are subject specific courses promoting in-depth knowledge; Discipline Courses II (6 in number) meant for students who wish to gain ‘minor’ knowledge of a subject other than Discipline I; Application Courses which are skill based – Integrating Mind, Body & Heart and Cultural Activities leading to value-based education and NSS/NCC/Sports which encourages physical fitness as well as engagement with the community.
The University has informed the Ministry that the Four Year Undergraduate Programme aims at knowledge development, which cuts across the domains of traditional courses, as well as skill and value-building. It requires the students of all disciplines to undertake certain mandatory courses to meet the needs and challenges of the modern society and the nation. It is designed in such a way that it blends practical application with high-end knowledge, facilitating the students either to seek jobs, to become entrepreneurs or to undertake research. A comprehensive curriculum like this requires 4 years to transact them properly and facilitate its absorption by the students for their all-round holistic growth.
The University has informed the Ministry that the Academic Council (AC) had resolved five years back to hold wide consultation for introducing 4 year dual subject honours degree course. University held extensive consultation with various stake-holders, such as students, parents, teachers, Deans of faculty, Heads of Departments, Principals of Colleges, employers etc. over a period of two years. All stake-holders were in favour of rectifying the ills of the existing programme and making it relevant for the students by addressing the contemporary needs of the society. In the process of consultation, an Open Academic Congress was also held on 6-7th September, 2012, which was attended by over 1400 stakeholders, which recommended introduction of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme.
This information was given by HRD Minister, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju in a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.