Yogesh Singh, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, said the varsity will give an ‘honours’ degree even to students who opt for three years.
Under new standards drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), students now only receive a bachelor’s degree after completing a four-year course.
These standards are stated in a draft entitled ‘Curriculum and credits framework for four-year Bachelor’s degree programmes’. The draft, likely to be announced Monday, has been drafted in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP).
While DU’s new four-year undergraduate program (FYUP) has been implemented from the 2022-23 academic year, the university will follow a system approved by its academic bodies for at least this academic session, Singh said.
“We also allow students to obtain an honors degree after three years. We will follow our regulations approved by our academic bodies in August,” Singh told PTI.
The Executive Council (EC), the varsity’s highest decision-making body, approved an Undergraduate Curriculum Framework-2022 (UGCF-2022) as formulated by a NEP cell in February.
The FYUP provides qualifications based on the number of years a student has completed.
It gives a certificate for one year, a diploma for two years and the choice between a three or four year honors course to the students.
The four-year degree includes an additional year of research. It also offers multiple entry and exit options for the students. If they leave within three years, they are allowed to rejoin within three years of their departure and are given a specified period of seven years to complete their studies.
The curriculum for FYUP, as presented in the document, consists of major stream courses, minor stream courses, courses from other disciplines, and language and skills courses.
It also includes a range of courses on environmental education, understanding India, digital and technology solutions, health and wellness, yoga education, and sports and fitness.
At the end of the second semester, students can decide to continue with their chosen major or to change it. They also have the option of going for a RUG with a single or double major.
“A student must complete a minimum of 50 percent credits in the major discipline to complete the 3-year/4-year RUG degree to get a single major,” the document said.