The University Grants Commission (UGC) has greenlit a draft post-graduate curriculum, introducing student-friendly features to make higher education more flexible and diverse.
Approved on 3 November, these changes signal a departure from the conventional approach to post-graduate studies.
Key features of the draft include a one-year master's programme, giving students a condensed yet comprehensive option for advanced studies.
UGC Chairman Prof M Jagadesh Kumar highlighted that the framework empowers students to choose any master's stream, regardless of their undergraduate major. There's also an option for students to showcase competence in an unrelated discipline through an entrance test like CUET-PG, expanding educational horizons, reported The New Indian Express.
In a departure from the traditional two-year PG programme, the draft introduces an exit option after one year.
Students opting for this will receive a PG diploma, a valuable qualification even if they don't complete the full two-year master's programme.
Multidisciplinary education is encouraged by allowing students with various educational backgrounds, including those with four-year UG, three-year UG plus two-year PG, or a five-year integrated STEM programme, to enroll in ME and M Tech in allied areas.
This approach aims to foster a well-rounded understanding and enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The draft policy also gives undergraduates flexibility, allowing for a double major or choosing any two subjects they've majored in.
Students qualifying with a major and minor(s) at the undergraduate level can opt for either a major or minor(s) subject in their master's programme.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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