The Allahabad University will be awarding a four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from this year. The meritorious students putting in an extra year of this course will also be able to earn a Master of Science (MS) degree as well, besides getting an opportunity to enroll for the DPhil programme without appearing in the entrance test.
These degrees will be awarded by the AU under the new Globalisation and Development Studies Dual degree programme that the university is launching from this session.
Till now, the university used to award BSc and MSc degrees to students after a three-year undergraduate and two-year post graduate programmes in science subjects or mathematics. While these degrees will continue, for the Globalisation and Development Studies Dual degree programme, BS and MS degrees are being introduced.
The new course, bachelor-cum-DPhil in Globalisation and Development Studies (Dual Degree Programme), is a first-of-its-kind programme being introduced by AU. Though earlier the course had a different format, now it has been redesigned to some extent. As per the new format, students during the first three years receive theoretical and practical knowledge of various topics of the course while in the fourth year they would be asked to choose a stream and prepare a project on it in six weeks on which they will work for a year.
On course completion, students scoring more than 40% but less than 60% marks will be awarded BS degree. Head of the Centre of Globalisation and Development Studies Prof BP Singh said students scoring above 60% marks in BS will undertake a six-month course work and those completing it successfully would be enrolled in the DPhil programme. "Students who fail to complete the course work will, on the other hand, complete another project of six months and become eligible for MS degree," he added.
However, some confusion prevails among students about the course. Many of them think that students will have to complete four-year graduate course, followed by three-year DPhil research and then only they would get a degree for seven years. Prof BP Singh said there is no such condition of seven years in the programme. "Some students believe this is an Arts course, but the fact is it's an inter-disciplinary programme which inculcates both the Arts and Science streams," he added.