Indian Express: The University of Pune (UoP) is set to introduce around 16 new courses in the upcoming academic year. The proposals for most of these courses have been accepted at a recent academic council meeting. Apart from the new courses, the syllabi of many courses will also be changed from the June sessions.
The academic council has given its approval for courses such as a master’s degree in hotel management and catering technology, nano science and nanotechnology, an undergraduate and postgraduate course in genetics, M.Sc in medicinal chemistry and drugs design, basics of measurement and measuring instruments, a masters degree in Sanskrit translation: Theory and application, a degree course in fashion design, a diploma course in Hindi translation, communication skill development course for all programmes, PhD in management sciences and a masters course in electrical (power electronics and drives).
Apart from this, the syllabus for Sanskrit, hospital management and agriculture economics will be changed in accordance with the suggestions of the academic council. The changes will now be presented to the management council, following which they will be implemented.
Tukaram Patil, head, Hindi department, UoP, said, “We have seen in the past few years that the demand for translators has grown significantly. Every year, many people would enquire about translation courses. Thus, we felt the need to introduce such a course. It will be a diploma course that will be conducted over the weekends so that working professionals too can benefit.”
The Lalit Kala Kendra will start a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. “The plan has been accepted and we are hoping to begin the course in June,” said Shubhangi Bahulikar, head of the department, Lalit Kala Kendra.
Regarding the need for a communication skills development course, Wasudev Gade, Board of College and University Development said, “The course will be made compulsory for all the departments, undergraduate and postgraduate. All the colleges affiliated to the UoP will need to start the course. We are still working out the structure of the course. It will aim at facilitating overall development of the students.”