Students of Delhi University are facing a unique problem of not knowing their syllabus for this semester. Students pursuing BA (Programme) with a major in Economics have entered the sixth semester, but have found themselves in an ambiguity regarding the syllabus and are not even clear about the name of their Skill Enhancement Course (SEC). As per the report by the Indian Express, under the choice based credit system (CBCS), the students have to study SECs in their second and third year of graduation. The students had studied SECs designed by the Delhi School of Economics (DSE) in their previous semesters, but now they are left in the lurch as the department has said it would not be designing the course. Rather the students have been asked to pick an SEC from some other subject.
The students who are facing the problem said that it is a completely ambiguous situation for them as the semester has started but they have no idea about their SECs. Exams for the sixth semester will begin in April-end or beginning of May.
The teacher-in-charge of the Department of Economics at Sri Aurobindo College Subansh Singh Prasad, explained the importance of SEC in the academic session. He said that under CBCS, there is a concept of majors and for these specialisations, the SEC plays a major role as it has 16 credits. While, in the last three semesters, the DSE created courses on Budget, Data Analysis and Research Methodology, but there is absolutely no clarity this semester Prasad said.
As per the report, Prasad wrote to the Head of the Department of DSE on January 2 on the issue. “I am writing this mail to bring to your kind notice that the Skill Enhancement Paper for the students of sixth semester, BA (Programme) Economics, has not been specified… I kindly request you to look into the issue and clarify as to what is the course and course outline that has to be covered for the same.” While responding to the issue, HoD Aditya Bhattacharjea replied, “There is no economics SEC for the VI semester. Teachers were told last year that they should take the initiative to design SECs as the department would not be doing it.”