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DU to Introduce New Courses for Academic Year 2019-20

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DU has declared new courses and increased the number of seats in colleges as a measure to increase higher education opportunities for aspirant.
The University of Delhi (DU) has announced an introduction of 30 new courses in approximately 20 colleges as a part of its curriculum for the upcoming academic session 2019-20. These will be at both undergraduate and post graduate level. These courses are currently available at some other colleges in DU. This decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi University Academic Council (AC) on 17th January 2018. In addition to this, the council is also set to increase the admission intake by 232 seats in existing courses at two colleges. The number of seats in BA (programme) at Hansraj College has been increased from 40 to 200 from the next academic session. Also, the number of seats in BSc program at Aditi Mahavidhlaya has been increased from 55 to 80. The college will also admit 50 more students in B Com (H) from the next academic session.
The list of new undergraduate courses to be introduced, and the corresponding colleges are as follows:
• BA (H) in Bhimrao Ambedkar College
• BA (H) in Economics in Dayal Singh College (evening) and Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
• BA (H) in Philosophy in Hasraj College
• BA (H) in Psychology in Laxmibai College and Bhaskaracharya College
• BA (H) in History Dyal Singh College
• BA (H) in Political Science in Bhimrao Ambedkar College
• BA (H) Hindi Journalism and Mass Communication in Jesus and Mary College
• BSc (H) in environmental science in Vivekananda College and Indraprastha College for women
The list of new postgraduate courses to be introduced, and the corresponding colleges are as follows:
• MA in English in Shri Gurunank Dev College
• MA in Hindi in Sri Venkateswara College and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
• MSc in operational research at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Keshav College
These are welcome changes, as the increase in availability of courses at more colleges will open up more diversified avenues for students from the upcoming academic session.

Previously, there was a huge difference in the number of seats available and the number of applicants, which acted as a deterrent for many deserving applicants. These changes will ensure that a larger number of students are able to enroll, decreasing the propensity of those being left behind.
These courses were first approved in September 2018, and finalised during the 2nd January 2019 Academic Council meeting which was adjourned till 17th January 2019. The decision had faced unprecedented delay owing to multiple external management related factors at DU. According to Mr. Saikat Ghosh, Member, Academic Council, “Approval of new courses in the Academic Council took a backseat due to the heated controversy on the UGC Regulations, especially on the issues of Contractual Employment. Many new courses have already been approved by the AC’s Standing Committee on New Courses. But they cannot be implemented unless they are formally approved by the larger AC and EC. The B.Voc. and M.Voc. courses approved under the National Skill Qualifications Scheme have not even been approved by the Standing Committee as the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences is still deliberating on them. This slow movement by the University is harming the prospect of these new courses.”
This move is going to ensure more opportunities in higher education, and Du needs to deliver in terms of quality of education, especially amid the current dissatisfaction and unrest among the teacher community regarding their employment terms.

Feature Image Credits: Niharika Dabral for DU Beat

Nikita Bhatia
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