Workshop on Curriculum Development at PU

Rakesh Shah, Chandigarh:

The Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, held a workshop on the recent revision in the post graduate curriculum, here today.

 The chairperson of the department, Prof. Deepti Gupta, in her inaugural address  emphasized the need to engage with a competing global environment as the basis for these revisions. One of the major issues discussed today was how well the new curriculum could be implemented by the affiliated institutions. The syllabus which is supposed to be implemented from July 2019 has undergone significant revision. Notably, modules on writing a dissertation and various outreach activities were introduced and more stress has been laid upon Cultural Studies in the revised syllabus. SDSA

Prof. Akshaya Kumar informed the audience about the UGC’s Open Basket
system enabling students to have multiple options to choose from. He also mentioned that the new syllabus once implemented, will be helpful to students attempting the NET exam.

The new syllabus will comprise segments on radio, television and social media as discussed by Dr Surbhi Goel. Prof. Pushpinder Syal spoke about the Linguistics and Language papers and suggested the methodology for them.

Dr Sudhir Mehra contrasted the earlier syllabus with the new one from the point of view of the student body. Dr Meenu Gupta discussed the changes in the British Literature courses.  Moreover, Prof. Aneel Raina stressed upon the various repercussions of the earlier syllabus and suggested multiple innovative teaching methodologies for the current curriculum. Towards the end of the workshop, there was a question-answer session where various teachers from the affiliated institutions posed their queries regarding the implementation of these changes.

 Prof. Gupta concluded the workshop on a positive note saying that such changes are influential in changing the mindset of individuals involved in the domain of higher education in India.

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