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,
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