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UGC Improves Psychology Course; ‘Not Fulfilling Societal Needs,’ Says Commission

The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) advice to revamp and homogenise syllabi for Psychology courses at undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD ranges throughout universities has created an uproar among the many college members at universities within the national Capital. The UGC had acknowledged that the current syllabus was not “rooted within the nationwide ethos”.

Sources in each the Delhi College (DU) and Jamia Millia Islamia claimed that the Fee would introduce the writings of Vivekananda and Aurobindo, which are based entirely on beliefs of “nationalism” and “Proper-wing ideology”, within the identity of Indian ethos.

“The Fee had despatched a draft to the Universities final 12 months as nicely, whereby, it was determined to add the writings of Proper-wing ideologues. Many people had opposed the transfer, citing the truth that India is a rustic of some ideologies, and therefore the syllabus of each course ought to replicate that,” a senior Jamia college member stated.

In keeping with a notification issued by the UGC on Thursday, Psychology, as taught in establishments of upper studying, was “not fulfilling the societal wants”. Due to this fact, a skilled committee has ready a brand new syllabus for the BA/BSc, MA/MSc, and PhD programs, making an allowance for the “developments within the discipline of psychology with particular relevance to the Indian context”.

“Now we don’t know what modifications have been made by the committee on this new syllabi as we’ve got not obtained a replica thus far,” the school member stated.

Additionally resisting the transfer, a senior DU college member stated: “Psychology is a western idea, and it’s not simple to Indianise it all of the sudden. The Fee ought to have thought of some issues, resembling non-availability of research materials, earlier than reaching to any conclusion.”

In the meantime, the lecturers’ fraternity can be against the UGC choice to “homogenise” syllabus for programs within the topic throughout universities. “Completely different Universities have totally different strategies of educating and introducing identical syllabus throughout universities will solely affect the standard of educating,” stated Rajesh Jha, a DU college and a Government Council (EC) member.

So far as including nationwide ethos involved, Jha stated: “After the introduction of Selection-Based mostly Credit score System (CBCS) system in Universities, a paper on ‘Nationalism and Colonialism’ was far away from the syllabus of BA (H) Political Science course. Now, they’re speaking about including nationwide ethos.”

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