Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) proposes to introduce a range of undergraduate courses, dismaying its teachers who say this would change the character of the institution from a research-intensive university to a mainstream educational institute .
Currently, JNU offers Masters and PhD courses as well as a handful of undergraduate courses in foreign languages - like Chinese – and a few BTech programs.
A JNU Academic Council meeting on August 17 approved the recommendation to start undergraduate courses in a range of subjects from science and the arts to law and education. The proposal is expected to be approved by the executive board on September 2.
The recommendations came from an umbrella committee headed by Mazhar Asif, professor at the Center for Persian and Central Asian Studies. The committee was set up last December to propose avenues for the implementation of the National Education Policy.
The 1966 JNU Act states: “The aims of the University are to disseminate and advance knowledge, wisdom and understanding through teaching and research, as well as by example and influence of its life. business. “
“The national education policy clearly envisages two types of universities, namely the teaching-intensive and research-intensive universities,” said the JNU teachers’ association.
“However, the JNU umbrella committee, without appreciating the policy from an appropriate perspective, recommended the start of several integrated teaching programs in the centers and schools of the university, which would lead to the conversion of the first university to the country’s research-intensive into a teaching-intensive university. “
Some of the recommendations:
⚫ The School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies is to be restructured to create two schools: the School of Foreign Languages, Literature and Culture Studies and the School of Foreign Language Studies , Indian literature and culture.
The foreign language school will launch an integrated five-year BA-MA foreign language program with multiple entry and exit points. A certificate, diploma, graduate diploma, graduate diploma or postgraduate diploma will be awarded depending on whether the student leaves after one, two, three, four or five years.
Liberal arts schools will introduce integrated five-year BA-MA programs with multiple entry and exit points.
⚫ The Zakir Husain Center for Pedagogical Studies is to be transformed into a school of education, planning and management, which will launch a four-year integrated training program.
⚫ The Center for Law and Governance Studies will be transformed into a School of Law Governance, which will offer a five-year integrated bilingual program “double BA-LLB and post-graduate law”.
A new Open and E-Learning School will be opened. It will provide distance education and online education, and develop electronic content in Hindi and English.
⚫ Three new schools – respectively devoted to chemical, mathematical and physical sciences – will teach integrated five-year BSc-MSc programs with multiple entry and exit points. They will implement the choice-based credit system, which allows students to take different parts of the curriculum from different universities.
⚫ A school of library and information science will be established and will offer an integrated BLib-MLib program over five years.
⚫ JNU will also open a Mentoring Center for teachers; a Center for Professional Studies which will offer credit courses on various vocations, soft skills and personality development; a vocational and career guidance center; and an Artificial Intelligence Center.
All schools and centers will design online courses and lectures.
“The Center for Law and Governance Studies and the Zakir Husain Center for Educational Studies have always focused on research. They don’t produce LLB or BEd graduates, ”JNU teachers association secretary Moushumi Basu said.
“There are so many institutions offering such undergraduate courses. These proposals have not been carefully considered.
An email sent to Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar asking for his reactions to faculty concerns and calls on his cell phone went unanswered.