Delhi University: The syllabus for 24 value-added courses at Delhi University (DU) under the four-year programme was passed by a standing committee on Thursday. The syllabus framed under the UG curriculum framework will be placed before August 3, 2022.
Courses such as Digital empowerment, swachh Bharat, Vedic mathematics, Gandhi and education, Ayurveda and nutrition, constitutional values, fundamental duties, and culture and communication are some of the major courses that are going to be offered in the first semester.
A senior official, part of the syllabi committee said, “All 24 courses which were designed for the first semester, have been passed by the standing committee. It is an evolving process and there is a possibility that one or two courses can be added, a decision on that will be taken later. These are unique interdisciplinary courses.”
There’s a course named “art of being happy” that covers psychological, cultural, and spiritual aspects, said the committee member. “Swachh Bharat course is not only limited to cleanliness it has more to it. Through this course, students will have a sense of service to their community. There are also courses in digital empowerment, social and emotional learning, and Sahitya, Sanskriti, and cinema well,” the official further said.
The member also said that experts from the respective fields across the nation are also there. “Or instance, apart from film studies professor, the related courses have been better by an expert who is both an actor and director”.
As per the senior DU officials, these courses will have a practical element to them and a minimum weightage of 50%. However, it’s up to the colleges who will decide who is going to teach these interdisciplinary courses.
“It may also happen that college is not offering a particular course, but a lot of students are interested in it. In such a scenario, the college can always appoint a guest faculty for the same. These courses are especially inclined toward English literature and the faculty from the Department can teach them,” further explained the member.