Delhi University to test ‘meta college’ idea – students to choose courses from multiple colleges

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Dinesh Singh VC Delhi University

Dinesh Singh, VC Delhi University

Starting from this July, 20 undergraduate students handpicked by Delhi University (DU) will design their course curriculum by choosing courses from multiple colleges of Delhi University, as the varsity prepares to host the country’s first meta college.

The meta college will serve as a collaborative platform for all of DU’s affiliated institutions and will allow one to stitch their own curriculum from a plethora of courses offered in the DU colleges.

So, the present model of compulsory and elective courses would be replaced by a customised programme according to the interest of the student.

For instance, you could study journalism from Lady Shri Ram College and also enroll for the economics course taught at St. Stephen’s College. Or attend English lectures delivered at Miranda House along with a combination of the geography course offered at Kirori Mal College and mathematics at St Stephen’s College.

The university’s V-C Dinesh Singh unveiled this ambitious plan during a presentation made to the human resource development (HRD)minister, Kapil Sibal, on Saturday.

‘The meta college is a “college of colleges”. This institution will leverage the power of the web through the National Knowledge Network which is being implemented to connect universities, research institutes and agricultural institutes across the country with a high speed fibre-based, broadband network,’ a senior HRD official said.

The project is part of the ministry’s larger plan to launch a meta-university in which DU, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia Universty and IIT Delhi will participate.

‘The meta college will start with a small batch of 20 students. Candidates keen on pursuing an undergraduate degree from here will have to appear for an entrance test. There is a group of people working on the admission process and other details,’ Dinesh Singh said.