One-year masters degree to benefit students keen to go abroad
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The academic council of Mumbai University has passed a proposal for the introduction of one-year masters courses at the academic council meeting held on Thursday. According to AD Sawant, pro vice-chancellor, "We have agreed to it in principle. Now it has to be passed by the government and the University Grants Commission."
He added that the new courses will follow a different system and will be service-oriented . "Discussions are on to improve the courses and we are taking in suggestions."
The proposal to start one year masters courses, similar to the rigorous one year masters courses in the UK, was first mooted after the vice-chancellor, Dr Vijay Khole visited some UK universities along with principals from 13 city colleges earlier this year.
Registrar K Venkatramani said that the one year masters course will be especially beneficial for students who want to go abroad for higher studies as many countries like the US want a minimum of 15 years of education for post graduate studies."Through this course the students can complete 15 years of education with a masters degree".
As of now, students who wish to go abroad for further education are compelled to spend two more years of post graduate study after completing their graduation in India in order to qualify for admissions to universities in most other countries.
Regarding the pharmacy issue wherein B Pharma students were demanding a cut in pass percentage and an increase in the number of ATKT subjects in the B Pharma exams, Sawant said that these demands were not accepted.
"As per All-India Council for Technical Education norms, these demands are not acceptable."
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