The online admission process of undergraduate programmes under NEP, 2020 will start in Kurukshetra University’s (KU) institute of integrated and honours studies (IIHS) from August 3.
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A KU official said that a large number of students are expected to be in the race for 1,400 seats for admissions in humanities, science, commerce, tourism, computer, home science, and five-year integrated programmes in IIHS and NEP will be implemented in all affiliated colleges of KU from the session 2023.
“Under the leadership of chief minister and Governor of Haryana, the undergraduate programmes as per NEP have been designed after long deliberations by KU’s education experts and other important stakeholders. The NEP liberates education and makes education student-centric. The students will be given the option of 4-year graduation degree in honours and research and they will have the option not only to go for dual-degree but also choose courses across the disciplines, for example, a science student can opt for humanities and science courses and vice versa now. The students will be required to do a minimum 4 credits of skill courses, 12 credits in subject specific skills and 4 credits in life skills,” said KU vice-chancellor Prof Somnath Sachdeva.
“The policy focuses on conceptual learning, critical thinking, and students’ holistic development in both academic and non-academic spheres. Impetus is also provided for gaining knowledge from digital platforms of UGC, Mobile Apps, satellite-based TV channels, online courses, MOOCs (Swayam) modules and ICT-equipped libraries. The higher education department headed by ACS Anand Mohan Sharan is providing all out support to KU in the implementation of NEP 2020,” further said Sachdeva.
Prof Som Nath said, “Community development, human values, ethics across a range of fields, constitutional values and service to humanity have also been integrated in the UG curriculum. There are multiple entry and exit options available to the students. A student can earn credits by completing a course and these will be credited to the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) account. One can then transfer these credits if one decides to switch colleges. If a student ever drops out for some reason, these credits will remain intact and s/he can come back later and pick up from where the student had left.”
Prof Manjula Choudhary, KU dean academic affairs said, “The component of internship is a mandatory part of the course framework. Students will have the option to write their exams and assignments in Hindi. With ABC, the institutions will count the overall credits earned by the students and put it in their degrees. The students will also have an option of direct entry into PhD after 4-year graduation degree (honours & sesearch) provided their CGPA is 7.5 and above in four-years honours with research programme.”