In the month of February, the DU’s Executive Council (EC) passed the draft UGCF in order to meet the objectives as laid down in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The dean of faculties would have to submit the syllabus to the standing committee of the university. Post the approval from the standing committee, the syllabus would be presented to the Academic Council (AC) and EC.
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Education Times, Ajay Kumar Singh, Head, Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics (DSE), DU, says, “Syllabus that has been designed for all the eight semesters of Commerce is in sync with the objectives of UGCF, 2022 that would be implemented in the university from 2022-23. As per UGCF 2022, students would receive a certificate if they leave after completing one year, diploma after two years, BCom (Hons) after three years and a BCom (Hons) degree with research after four years. While preparing the syllabus, we have made sure that the students become employable even if they decide to leave after one year. In every course, we have introduced practical exercises which are mapped with the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) which lead towards the attainment of Programme Outcomes (POs).”
DU has changed the nomenclature of the course on ‘Indian Economy’ to ‘The Economy of Bharat’ in which we have included the contribution of India to the global trade in the past and the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) of that time in the first unit. In the last unit, we have also incorporated the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are the global standards set by UN for the survival of the world.
The traditional component of the Indian Economy is included in the form of Agriculture, Industry and Service sectors. We have added one paper called the ‘Business Analytics’ and made it part of the core syllabus. Employability oriented courses have been added prominently and added to this, we have also introduced several electives. Some of the electives that have been added are; Mind Management, Yoga & Happiness, Consumer Affairs and Sovereignty, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).
“These changes will take the higher education in India closer to global education standards. All the Commerce teachers in the university were involved in the making of this syllabus and the major challenge that they faced while making the syllabus was meeting deadlines,” informs Singh adding that DU has accepted the 176 credit hour syllabus for FYUP.
Najma Rehmani, head, Department of Urdu, DU, says, “The structure of UGCF 2022 has been passed at the university which consists of different specific courses, general electives, value-added courses and skill enhancement courses for different streams. We have included courses that help in getting a job. We have introduced the software for page making where the students will get to learn designing pages and type the Urdu alphabet. We have also introduced general electives for the students who do not know Urdu which would enable them to learn something other than their core discipline. While designing the curriculum, we are facing the challenge to meet deadlines.”