Delhi University (DU) is planning to start three BTech programmes under its Faculty of Technology and has sought Rs 100 crore from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to set up infrastructure facilities.
The three BTech programmes are for Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, and Electrical Engineering.
According to a proposal submitted by the university to the UGC, DU has requested that positions for teaching and non-teaching staff be sanctioned at the earliest so that the programmes can be initiated.
“In order to implement this initiative and further the cause of implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) through introduction of the Btech courses mentioned above, the university would require Rs 100 crore as financial support to set up infrastructure facilities in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and other attendant facilities. The university would require Rs 25 crore annually for next four financial years with effect from 2021-22,” said the DU proposal.
In line with the NEP, the BTech programmes will have multiple exit options -- with students being awarded a certificate on exit after completion of one year of study; diploma on exit after completing two years; advance diploma on exit after completing three years; and BTech degree on exit after completing four years of study.
The three BTech programmes by the university would require a total of 72 teaching positions and 55 non-teaching staff.
DU had constituted a committee under D S Chauhan, former vice-chancellor of Uttar Pradesh Technical University and Uttarakhand Technical University, to deliberate upon the establishment of departments under the Faculty of Technology in the emerging areas of engineering and technology.
The committee was supposed to consider the scope and feasibility of establishment of departments under the Faculty of Technology, structure and nomenclature of the courses of study the departments would envisage to run, requirement and qualification of the faculty members necessary to smoothly conduct teaching, learning and research in the departments.
According to the minutes of the committee’s meeting, “The student intake for each programme would be 120 with two sections of 60 students each.”
The total intake would be 360 and the total strength over four years duration would be 1,440. The student-teacher ratio would be 1:20, the committee said.
The committee also recommended that the mode of admissions would be through the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains). “There will be no ward quota, ECA quota and Sports quota for these programmes,” the committee said.
The structure of the BTech programmes would be designed in such a manner that there would be a minimum of 50% weightage to the major subject area of study with a maximum of 65% weightage and remaining weightage would be to the minor subject areas of study, it said.
“The student would have complete flexibility to choose any subject area other than his/her major subject area. The syllabi of these programmes would be devised taking into consideration the contemporary requirement of the programmes and its synergy with the industry and other premier engineering and technology institutions offering similar programmes of study at this level to make the students globally competitive both in terms of development of trained manpower as well as their acceptability for conceptualisation and implementation of successful startups through innovations,” read the deliberations of the committee.