Now, fash­ion, make-up, Vedic math in San­skrit

Delhi Univer­sity stu­dents opt­ing for this dis­ci­pline will study theatre, art of bal­anced liv­ing and scriptwrit­ing in FYUP Indira Gandhi Delhi Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity for Women has a lot on the cards — a knowl­edge park, an in­cu­ba­tion cen­tre and new cour­ses,

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Imag­ine study­ing the nu­ances of fash­ion, make-up, stress man­age­ment, Vedic math­e­mat­ics, act­ing and script writ­ing while pur­su­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in San­skrit? The idea, though un­con­ven­tional, sounds in­ter­est­ing and has been im­ple­mented at Delhi Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of San­skrit as part of the Four-Year Un­der­grad­u­ate Pro­gramme (FYUP).

Be­sides study­ing pa­pers in San­skrit lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, stu­dents in the new ses­sion 2013-14 will have a lot of new things to look for­ward to. “We want to pro­mote San­skrit not just as a lan­guage but also as a dis­ci­pline. In­tro­duc­tion of foun­da­tion, dis­ci­pline 2 and ap­plied cour­ses em­pha­sises that. Stu­dents will be taught in English and Hindi, be­sides be­ing taught in San­skrit,” says Dr Satya­murti, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of San­skrit.

The foun­da­tion course, for in­stance, aims to equip stu­dents with nec­es­sary lin­guis­tic and an­a­lyt­i­cal skills to pur­sue their texts. An­other unit in the syl­labus cov­ers lit­er­a­ture as a ve­hi­cle for so­cial aware­ness and HR de­vel­op­ment. This in­cludes sec­tions from San­skrit lit­er­a­ture, both clas­si­cal and mod­ern, deal­ing with is­sues of national con­cern. Stu­dents will also be taught hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment with the help of an HRD model that will be taught on the ba­sis of San­skrit texts like Sruti, Upan­ishads, Sm­ri­tis, later writ­ings of thinkers like Sankara and Ra­manuja and oth­ers.

This HR model also com­prises sec­tions on stress bust­ing, right eat­ing and prac­tice of pranayam. Teach­ers will also show the con­nec­tion of San­skrit with var­i­ous In­dian and for­eign lan­guages cit­ing im­por­tant words of San­skrit and their sim­i­lar words in English, French, Ger­man, Per­sian etc. “Stu­dents will also be taught about the re­cip­ro­cal ways in which San­skrit and Dra­vid­ian lan­guages have shaped each other. Hence, the foun­da­tion course, on the ba­sis of lin­guis­tic unity, would be able to in­cul­cate the sen­ti­ment of national unity and in­ter­na­tional brother­hood as well. FYUP will help them co-re­late San­skrit to mod­ern ar­eas and meet con­tem­po­rary chal­lenges,” adds Satya­murti.

As part of In­dian theatre and aes­thet­ics, stu­dents will learn about the per­form­ing arts, stage man­age­ment, per­cep­tion of beauty in drama from the cul­tural and so­cial point of view. In­dian logic and science of de­bate; epig­ra­phy and chronol­ogy; Vedic lit­er­a­ture, In­dian polity; sci­en­tific her­itage and per­son­al­ity de­vel­op­ment have also been in­cluded. The depart­ment is also mulling over start­ing a PG diploma in In­dian theatre in as­so­ci­a­tion with the fac­ulty of mu­sic and National School of Drama. “Each pa­per has 10% San­skrit com­po­nent as a medium of ex­pres­sion in dis­ci­pline 1,” says Mithilesh Chaturvedi, head of the depart­ment.

There is good news for bud­ding women engi­neers who wish to study in Delhi. Giv­ing a thrust to re­search, in­no­va­tion, en­gi­neer­ing, tech­nol­ogy, man­age­ment, ap­plied sciences and al­lied ar­eas, the Indira Gandhi In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IGIT), which was set up in 1998, has been up­graded to the Indira Gandhi Delhi Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity (IGDTU) - the first such var­sity for women in In­dia. Ear­lier, IGIT was part of Guru Gobind Singh In­draprastha Univer­sity. Be­sides the BTech (com­puter science and en­gi­neer­ing); BTech (elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer­ing); BTech (me­chan­i­cal and au­to­ma­tion en­gi­neer­ing); BTech (in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy); MCA; and MTech (ECE) part­time pro­grammes on of­fer, the univer­sity will launch new MTech pro­grammes from 2013-14. Th­ese in­clude in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity man­age­ment; mo­bile and per­va­sive com­put­ing; ro­bot­ics and au­to­ma­tion and very large-scale in­te­grated (VLSI) de­sign.

“We also plan to start MBA, mas­ter’s in ar­chi­tec­ture, town plan­ning and ur­ban de­sign and MTech in nan­otech­nol­ogy pro­grammes in fu­ture. MTech in re­new­able en­ergy and green tech­nol­ogy with a fo­cus on smart grids is also on the cards. We are also aim­ing to set up a knowl­edge park, an in­cu­ba­tion cen­tre and an en­tre­pre­neur de­vel­op­ment cell by next year,” says Pro­fes­sor Nupur Prakash, founder vice chan­cel­lor of IGDTU. Elab­o­rat­ing on the new ap­proach of the univer­sity, Prakash says, “Our main fo­cus will be on re­search and in­no­va­tion and help­ing our girls de­velop en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills, for which we are seek­ing help from the depart­ment of science and tech­nol­ogy.”

Prakash adds that about 25% of the stu­dents at the in­sti­tute get into hard­core re­search. The rest of them pre­fer to opt for ca­reers in ap­pli­ca­tion-ori­ented ar­eas. About 75% go in for soft­ware de­vel­op­ment, soft­ware ar­chi­tec­ture de­sign, soft­ware pro­ject man­age­ment, mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment, au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing and VLSI de­sign. Hard­ware de­sign and tele­com ser­vices and man­age­ment are the other choices. In­dus­try-univer­sity tie-ups are also be­ing worked out. “GE Re­search, which has set up labs in Ban­ga­lore, se­lects two girls from our univer­sity ev­ery year for re­search. They are awarded a schol­ar­ship of $3600 per an­num and then ab­sorbed in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Cisco also se­lects five to eight stu­dents of our univer­sity ev­ery year as net­work engi­neers. We are also try­ing to get fund­ing from re­search agen­cies to be able to work on live projects,” she says. The univer­sity has also tied up with In­tel and is look­ing to col­lab­o­rate with Texas In­stru­ments and CoreEL. An agree­ment in 2010 was worked out with Nokia Fin­land in 2010 to train stu­dents in mo­bile ar­chi­tec­ture and pro­gram­ming, with Eric­s­son in 2011 for web-based in­struc­tional train­ing tele­com equip­ment and soft­ware, ARM and At­mel in 2012 for set­ting up Em­bed­ded Sys­tems De­sign Lab and Flour Da­nial for set­ting up lab in me­chan­ics of solids, etc. IGDTU is also en­ter­ing into aca­demic al­liances with com­pa­nies for de­vel­op­ing the cur­ricu­lum. Cit­ing an ex­am­ple, Prakash says, “We have col­lab­o­rated with Nokia, ARM and At­mel to de­velop syl­labus for cer­tain sub­jects and in­tro­duce in­dus­try rel­e­vant cour­ses. Nokia will help us de­velop top­ics such as mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem, mo­bile data­bases, mo­bile cloud com­put­ing, and mo­bile pro­gram­ming and ar­chi­tec­ture.”

The course cur­ricu­lum, which was ear­lier re­vised once in five years or so, will now hap­pen faster. “Now that we are a univer­sity, we have started the process of cur­ricu­lum re­vi­sion for the un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes,” adds Prakash.

The univer­sity will also start of­fer­ing PhD pro­grammes in en­gi­neer­ing, science and tech­nol­ogy from 2014 and ad­mit re­search schol­ars (full-time and part­time) based on the UGC guide­lines. The full time PhD schol­ars will work with the univer­sity as teach­ing as­sis­tants.

The univer­sity will launch new MTech pro­grammes from 2013-14, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity man­age­ment; mo­bile and per­va­sive com­put­ing and very large-scale in­te­grated (VLSI) de­sign

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