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Arts study on varsity radar

The Central University of Bihar would launch at least three courses in the new academic session, starting in July.

Sources in the university said the administration plans to launch a vocational course in arts and crafts, apart from applied engineering and environment conservation.

The sources added that if the arts and crafts course was almost a done deal, the other two are in the pipeline. The vocational course in arts and crafts has been designed for students who want to pursue the creative field.

Iftekhar Ahmad, head, centre for mass communication and media, Central University of Bihar, said: “The course will be of three years but would have flexibility. Students would get a diploma if they pursue the course for a year, while those who complete two and three years in the course would get an advanced diploma and degree, respectively.”

The university, with the arts and crafts course, aims to provide skilled artisans a big platform where they can share their creative work with the nation and the world.

Bihar is globally recognised for its arts and crafts such as Madhubani (Mithila) painting, bamboo work, Manjusha art, angika art, Patna school of painting, sikki grass products, cotton dhurries, music and painting among others. Sources said with a full-time course in arts and crafts, the university is eyeing to give a proper direction to the state’s legacy.

The courses in applied engineering and environment conservation are also expected to be popular.

A course in energy engineering, for instance, would focus on tapping alternative sources of energy. It would not just focus on the traditional sources of power, such as thermal energy, but encompass all alternative sources like solar and biogas. The course would be designed considering all practical requirements of the day, sources said.

The university’s decision to start new courses comes after the announcement of launching its own examination pattern — Central University of Bihar Entrance Test — for admission to its two centres in Patna and Gaya.