DEHRADUN: University students of Uttarakhand will learn personality development from ‘Ramcharitmanas’ and management lessons from ‘Bhagavad Gita’ under the new National Education Policy (NEP) from this academic session.
A committee, set by the state government to design course curriculum for the state universities, has come up with ‘co-curriculum’ programmes. Students will have to opt for at least one of these programmes each semester.
“The curriculum has been designed under the mandate of NEP which incorporates modern education along with the ethos of Indian culture, tradition, and values,” said Kumaon University VC NK Joshi who chairs the committee.
He further said, “The new curriculum has also incorporated skill-based education to train and equip our youth for the modern world.”
The programmes designed by the committee include Personality Development Through Applied Philosophy of Ramcharitmanas, Management Paradigms from Bhagavad Gita, Vedic Science, Vedic Mathematics, Meditation, Essence of Traditional Indian Knowledge, Vivekananda Studies and Communication Skills.
These six subjects will be part of the co-curriculum courses which will carry no credit but students will have to study at least one of these to complete their bachelor’s degree of three years comprising six semesters.
“The bachelor’s degree has been designed in an integrated manner in which, if the student completes two years of education, he/she will be awarded a diploma; if three years, then a bachelor’s degree; in four years, they will get a bachelor’s degree in research; and in five years, post-graduation degree”, said Dr. Sanjay Pant, who is heading ‘Digital Initiative Cell’ of the university.
Students will need to mandatorily qualify in these subjects to get their bachelor’s degree.
All government, as well as private institutions in the hill state, will need to mandatorily adopt at least 70% of the course curriculum.
The new curriculum also has more than 50 Skill Development Courses which include ‘Entrepreneurship’, ‘Disaster Management’, ‘Data Science and Applications, ‘Digital Literacy and Cyber Security, ‘Fashion (Appeal Designing), Financial Literacy, and Book Publication.
Other courses include Nutritional Therapy, Mushroom Cultivation, Quantitative Analysis, Time Management, Athletic Injuries and Physiotherapy, Critical Thinking and Writing, Food and Food Sources, Landscape, Fundamentals of Web Designing, Drawing and Colour Studies.
The format of the curriculum was approved by the government in October.