Task force on redefining education also talked about the role of college teachers in making the syllabus
The Delhi University task force on redefining education met last week to discuss a number of issues, including the introduction of a new two-year programme, the need to increase the role of college teachers in making the syllabus and chalking out separate guidelines for sports and extra curricular activities categories.
The 61-member task force agreed on a proposal to introduce a course in teacher training for primary schools in the meeting held on Friday. The members also discussed the four-year under-graduate programme, expected to be introduced next academic session.
Virender Bharadwaj, member of the task force and the Academic Council, said: “The task force has agreed on recommending the introduction of a new course at the college level. It will be a two-year programme for those who intend to teach in primary schools.”
The recommendations of the task force will be put before the Academic Council for approval.
Talking about the four-year undergraduate degree, Bharadwaj said: “A student who cannot continue the four-year course at a stretch for any valid reason, will have the option to leave the course after two years. The student can then return within a stipulated time to complete the third and fourth years. The time period has not been fixed yet, but it will not be less than three years.”
At present, if a student drops out of college, no degree is awarded. “Such a student only has a Class XII certificate. His study of two years, in case he leaves college after two years, is not recognised. However, in the four-year under-graduate programme, he will get a degree for those two years,” Bharadwaj said.
The existing admission policy will apply for this under-graduate programme as well.
The first year of the course will have foundation courses — communication skills, mathematics, computers — and two papers on the student’s main discipline.
“For instance, a student of Physics (H) will have two Physics papers in the first year. There will 22 to 24 papers of the main discipline and 6 to 8 papers of minor