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The proposal for the dual degree programme gained approval at the academic council meeting held recently. Opposition to this decision became evident as some council members voiced their reservations.

On November 30, 2023, the Academic Council of the University of Delhi held a meeting where the decision was taken to proceed with the implementation of a dual degree system starting from the next academic session. The program will involve a combination of traditional and remote classes, giving students a chance to accumulate additional academic experience within the standard time frame. Moreover, the possibility of providing twinning degrees was also taken into discussion. A program enabling Delhi University students to pursue a degree from select foreign institutions with which the university plans to establish partnerships However, the decision has currently been deferred.

In December 2022, the university put together a committee to discuss the potential idea of twinning, joint, and dual degrees, keeping in mind the guidelines issued by the National Education Policy 2020. 11 months later, while most council members gave the proposal a thumbs up, 15 of them raised some genuine concerns. It was argued that offering students dual degrees will dilute the value of their main subject, given the full-time nature of their academic programmes, and put more strain on students and teachers alike. Former Executive Council member Abha Dev Habib pointed out that the students will benefit more from “quality education and not a bag full of degrees.” Despite the apprehensions that came to light, the resolution was approved, and starting next session, both undergraduate and postgraduate students keen on pursuing a dual degree can communicate so to their respective colleges. The proper procedure will be laid down by the university, which will include both in-person and distance-learning models, as mentioned before.

The 1016th meeting of the Academic Council of the University of Delhi, under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Professor Yogesh Singh, also discussed the number of undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD admissions that were made this academic year, the few modalities made in the syllabus for the current academic session, the new orphan quota, and the awarding of a total of 6115 promotions to professors of the university.

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Lakshita Arora

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Delhi University is set to launch combined degree programs, catering to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The initiative involves enabling students to pursue a degree through conventional in-person classes alongside another degree, through the distance learning mode.

Furthermore, the university is looking into partnerships with international educational institutions, offering students the opportunity to complete a semester abroad and gain credits applicable to their degree. Moreover, the university will explore the potential for collaborative PhD programs. Students keen on pursuing two degrees simultaneously can communicate their interest to the university through their department head or college principal. 

As per the National Education Policy 2020, Delhi University established a committee to expand upon the possibilities of offering a joint degree to both undergraduates and postgraduates. They have proposed  granting one degree through regular mode and another, through the distance education program. 

In the upcoming meeting scheduled on 30 November, a document will be put forward by the academic council stating that, 

“Students cannot pursue similar academic courses simultaneously, such as B.Com(H) and B.Com (P) even though one of them is intended to be pursued in ODL/online mode. Students so permitted to pursue two academic degree programs simultaneously shall fulfill all the academic degree programs simultaneously shall fulfill all the academic requirements such as attendance, internal assessment, continuous assessments, submissions of assignments, presentations, and examination of the two academic programmes independently,”.

Effectively, the willing students can enroll and obtain information for the proposed programs from the respective departments and the administration. 

Another major issue to be discussed in the meeting is regarding the, 

“Twinning degree program with Foreign Higher Education Institution (FHEI) is a degree program where students enrolled in any course in the University of Delhi or its colleges shall be allowed to pursue study for a university and earn credits from the host institution which shall be accounted to secure the requisite credits for grant of such degree to which he/she has been enrolled the parent university.” 

This runs parallel with the Indian initiative to garner further opportunities for students to have international exposure through which they get to spend one semester in a foreign university with a lower bracket of a minimum of 18 credits and a higher bracket of 26 credits. This opens the gates for the doctoral students to get joint PhD degrees if the consultation among the stakeholders reaches a binding conclusion. 

Divya Malhotra 

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