nep: NEP effect: Universities in Karnataka introduce UG programmes | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: With the introduction of National Education Policy (NEP) in Karnataka, universities which had only post-graduate (PG) programmes on campus till now are opening up for undergraduate (UG) courses too.
In a first, Bangalore University conducted counseling for UG seats on Monday and is opening up its campus for 18-year-olds next week. Bengaluru City University also started a constituent college to offer UG education this year and is expected to start UG programmes on its own campus in the city centre by 2022-23.

As per NEP, the four-year undergraduate programmes have come into force in the colleges in the state. A student who completes four years can do a post-graduate programme in one year. If the student has taken a research component in the fourth year, he can directly enrol for PhD, even without a PG degree.
Karnataka State Higher Education Council vice-chairman Thimme Gowda B said most universities in the state will start UG programmes by next year.
“Students can save one year by directly entering PhD after the four-year UG programme. Moreover, the UG students will also have the benefit of senior teachers on campuses. While PG and PhD students manage more through self-study, UG students will need more of their guidance,” he said.
“The PG programmes have got sandwiched between the new UG programme and PhD, becoming weak and irrelevant. Research will move from PG level to UG level,” said KR Venugopal, vice-chancellor of BU.
BU has received 30 students each in its UG Science, Biological Science programmes and 20 in the Arts programme. “Our professors will find it interesting to teach UG students. They are usually much more responsive and enthusiastic than the older set of students,” he said.
Bengaluru City University will have its own UG programmes in all departments from next year. While it started a constituent college – Multi-Disciplinary Constituent College for Women — in Malleshwaram, only BCom programmes have kicked off with 21 students in the first year.
NEP envisages that the affiliating system should move over and more colleges gain autonomy and get a degree-awarding status depending upon their performance and NAAC accreditation. This will also change the roles universities will play in the future.
MK Shreedhar, who was on the drafting committee of the NEP, said the distinction between UG and PG programmes will disappear in the days to come. “There will only be a change in the nomenclature. The critical matter is the learning outcomes. The universities should become lifelong-learning centres. As of now, we have a structural approach to education and life — we start college around 18 years, move on to PG at a certain age and then on to a job. But NEP should be a gamechanger where people can exit and return to studies whenever they want. If that trend picks up, each class will have students of various age groups,” he said.

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