BVDU, US univarsity tie up to offer nanotech courseEducation, News — By The Desk on March 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Times of India: A postgraduate (PG) degree course in nanotechnology, involving part study in India and remaining, including research, in a US state university, will be introduced by city-based Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU) from the forthcoming academic year (AY) 2011-12.
“We have entered into a formal arrangement with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), US, to facilitate our maiden foray in the field of nanotech studies,” BVDU vice chancellor (V-C) Shivajirao Kadam said while announcing the new PG programme at a news conference here on Wednesday.
He said, “Students securing admission to this course will get to study for 14 months at the BVDU campus and the remaining 10 months at the UNCG.” They will also get a stipend up to $1,000 per month during their study at the UNCG, he said. “The course syllabus is being designed by teaching officials at the BVDU,” he said.
Kadam said, “The university has lined up several new plans on various fronts, including academic reforms; setting up of new research facilities and securing grants from different funding agencies during AY 2011-12.”
He said, “As part of this, we will introduce credit-based evaluation system at PG-level studies in engineering, pharmacy and management. A modern food testing laboratory, which will help farmers and allied users to test vegetables and food samples, will be set up at BVDU’s Erandwane campus with Rs 2.50 crore financial assistance from the Ministry of Food Processing.”
Unlike the conventional system, a credit-based evaluation refers to the weighed sum of the number of lecture hours, tutorial hours, and practical hours associated with the course. Credits earned are the sum of course credits in which a student has passed in a semester/year. A student earns the credits for a particular course by fulfilling the academic requirements viz, attendance and evaluation.
Usually, the total credits for a course are specified by the university and the minimum required credits to clear the semester are also defined. Transfer of credits also enables movement from one university to another, especially in foreign +countries.
Former BVDU V-C S F Patil said, “We are initially beginning with PG engineering, pharmacy and management courses and have plans to eventually bring all under graduate and PG courses under the credit-based system.” He said that the system offers far better flexibility in terms of selecting subjects under a given course. It also has an element of interdisciplinary studies, he added.