The Academic Council (AC) of Delhi University has adopted a four-year undergraduate programme that would allow students to opt for a two-year degree and make sports a part of the curriculum. In a meeting, AC members discussed and debated the proposal of a task force that was ultimately passed near unanimously with 80 for it and 6 against.
In a statement, DU said, “The historic decision offers students a range of foundation courses, and discipline courses enhanced through application courses. Cultural and sports activities form a part of the curriculum for the first time.”
The new programme will entail a shift from the present 10+2+3 scheme to a four-year-graduation with multiple exit points and freedom to complete remaining years over a period of time. The students can opt out of the course after completing two years, three years as well as stay on for four years.
Students who have left with a two or three years degrees will be allowed to return to complete their remaining years later if they want to.
The council has also authorised the Vice Chancellor to form committees of various subjects to prepare detailed courses for consideration of the course committees. Some of the changes approved by the AC include compulsory paper on Indian Literature, 5 classes per week for language foundation papers, two language papers. Some dissenters also objected to the fact that invited members were not barred from taking the vote which is illegal.