The curriculum of the University of Delhi will be changed, yet again. This time, changes will be made in the curriculum of all the undergraduate courses, on the basis of Learning Outcome-based Framework (LOCF).
This is issued by University Grants Commission (UGC).
Officials say that the new curriculum has been designed while keeping in mind the changing nature of jobs.
They want the students to become an active learner as well as increase their employability by the time they completes their course.
These reforms were made with the dual objectives of escalating the global ranking of University of Delhi and improving the quality of education it provides.
NOTE – The changes will be applicable to all the undergraduate (UG) courses that will start in 2019-20 academic session.
As of the UG students who are in 1st or 2nd year right now, no changes will be made to their syllabus.
A controversial programme
Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), is opposing this change for the following reasons-
- To DUTA it seems as if the vice chancellor is abandoning a credible academic setup to blindly copy the ‘outcome-based’ curriculum that the universities of USA are already using. This US curriculum is not perfect, it is very controversial and has been criticized widely.
- DUTA claims that the syllabus was formulated in a hurry. In the subsequent months some changes will have to be made and this will affect the 1st year students of the academic year 2019-20.
- LOCF is the 5th change made in the last 9 years at this university. The recent ones being the 1 year stint of Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in 2013, only to switch back to the semester system in 2014 and the introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which is going on till the present year.
Anyway, changes are not necessarily bad.
If the curriculum is updated regularly, and is fine-tuned to the needs of the employer in such a way that by the end of the programme it can make the student employable and give the students a job as well as improve the quality of their education, then such changes are welcome.
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