Bharathiyar University try to start 43 new Courses

Bharathiyar University try to start 43 new Courses
The Bharathiar University has planned to introduce 43 new undergraduate courses for the academic year 2008-’09. It is also planning private and part-time registration for PhD programme.

“Our vision for 2008 is access to higher education,” Vice-Chancellor G Thiruvasagam told this paper here on Monday.

The new courses to be introduced include BA Computational Economics, BSc Physics with Nanotechnology, BSc Chemistry with Computer Applications, BA History with Archaeology, BCom with Information Technology and BSc in occupational subjects like BPO, Call Centre and Medical Transcription.

All these courses will be available at the BU and the colleges that are interested to start them can register with the varsity, he said.

The university is planning to woo students through innovative programmes since the entry point for basic traditional and conventional courses like History, Economics, Physics, Chemistry etc. is very less.

At entry level, the university has 45,000 students with an entry percentage of 11, which .is four percent higher than the national-level of seven percent.

“We want to make it 20 percent in 2008′ Thiruvasagam said.

The new courses will help the students meet the demands of the recruiting people like computer knowledge and good communication skills, he said.

The varsity has also made it compulsory for the undergraduate students to do four computer component courses without fail. The students have to learn the basics of computing, computer applications, any one software related to their main course and finally one programming language.

“The BU will make it compulsory for the faculty to equip themselves with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA),” he said and added that the teachers who want to do PGDCA in the varsity will be given 50 percent fee concession.

He explained that the lack of PhDs in certain subjects like Costume and Fashion Technology and Library Science is the reason for introducing part-time private registration for PhD programme.

“It is compulsory that PhDs can only take classes for post-graduate students, and since there is acute shortage of PhDs, we are starting this new programme which will give an opportunity for people from all over the world with 55 percent marks in the PG to register,” he said.

So far only staff members and students within a particular area are allowed to register for PhD.

Thiruvasagam also noted that there will be a guide bank of faculty members from 354 universities in the country. If the guide accepts a student, then he has to appear before a doctoral committee in BU that comprises the department head of the concerned subject, the director of research and development and that particular guide. Once the committee accepts the thesis topic, the student can go ahead and do the PhD.

The programme will be of four-year duration, and if the students have M Phil, then they can complete it in three years.