Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam that the specially set up ‘Board of Studies for Innovative Programmes’ had selected 24 degree and 14 post-graduate diploma courses to be introduced in the affiliated colleges from the ensuing academic year.“Some degree courses are new while other existing courses have been revamped. Notable among them are aeronautical science, hardware maintenance and airhostess management. The revamped ones include chemistry with nanotechnology, mathematics with computer science, biochemistry with nanotechnology, etc.,” Mr. Thiruvasagam said.
The decline in Gross Enrolment Ratio was not only attributed to poor syllabus but also to higher education being unaffordable. “Since bringing down the fee is not viable for all the courses, the university has decided to make the PG diploma course as a full-time one year course rather than the conventional two-year one. The courses have been selected in such a way that even if the degree does not enable a graduate to get a job, the PG diploma will,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
Some of the courses are: actuarial science, airhostess and hospitality management, aviation and hospitality management, auditing, taxation, mobile technology, tourism and aviation, journalism and communication and languages such as German, French and Japanese.
The courses would be finalised in the last week of April and would be placed before the Standing Committee of Academic Affairs in the first week of May. By second week of May colleges would be able to opt for the courses of their choice, he said.