Punjabi University comes up with 6 new ‘Five Year Integrated PG Programmes’


PATIALA: Punjabi University, Patiala is starting six new ‘Five Year Integrated Post Graduate Programs’ from this academic session (2021-22) and these six fields are related to Physical and Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Social Sciences, Languages, and Performing & Visual Arts.

The students can get admission on a merit basis after 10+2 in these five-year integrated courses started in six disciplines


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Balvir Singh Sandhu, Dean Academic Affairs, said that these courses have been designed on a 3+2 basis, meaning that if any student wants to leave after three years, he would be awarded a graduate degree in the relevant subject. Those who choose to complete a full five years will be able to get their Master’s degree from Punjabi University without any entrance test etc.

These courses will cover the areas like Physical and Chemical Sciences: M.Sc. (Honours School) Physics and M.Sc. (Honours School) Chemistry; Biological Sciences: M.Sc. (Honours School) Biotechnology, M.Sc. (Honours School) Botany, M.Sc. (Honours School) Zoology and M.Sc. (Honours School) Human Genetics; Mathematical and Computational Sciences: M.Sc. (Honours School) Mathematics, M.Sc. (Honours School) Statistics and M.Sc. (Honours School) Computer Science; Social Sciences: M.A. (Honours School) Economics, M.A. (Honours School) History, M.A. (Honours School) Political Science, M.A. (Honours School) Psychology, M.A. (Honours School) Public Administration, M.A. (Honours School) Philosophy and M.A. (Honours School) Sociology; Languages: M.A. (Honours School) Punjabi, M.A. (Honours School) English, M.A. (Honours School) Hindi, M.A. (Honours School) Sanskrit, M.A. (Honours School) Urdu and M.A. (Honours School) Persian; Performing and Visual Art: M.A. (Honours School) Theatre and Films, M.A. (Honours School) Music (Vocal), M.A. (Honours School) Music (Instrumental), M.A. (Honours School) Dance, and M.A. (Honours School) Fine Arts, M.A. (Honours School) Gurmat Sangeet.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Arvind said, “These new courses are being introduced to adopt multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches in line with the new academic trends at the international level. In fact, we find Punjabi University as the most suitable place for such courses as a wide range of subjects are being taught here. The highly qualified Faculty here in all the subjects like science, engineering, social sciences, languages, business, journalism etc is the strength of this University. The aim and objectives of the universities are to make their students employable as well as knowledgeable and learned. Both these aspects have been taken care of in the design of these new courses”.

He added, “In present times, it is necessary that we move forward in the education sector with this approach and redefine and redesign our fields of study on multidisciplinary lines. The new education policy too mentions that we move towards multidisciplinary education. The credit system being given importance all over the world fits well into this approach.”

Manjit Singh, Coordinator of the Admission Cell revealed they have got a huge response as within 24 hours of opening the portal and a large number of applications were being received.

The authorities informed that in these courses the students would be free to study the subject as an elective subject if they are interested in a subject outside their field. For example, a physics student will have the freedom to pursue music or theatre subjects too which will help them in their holistic development. In addition to the ‘elective subject’ option, each student will be required to take other subjects related to his/her subject for the first two semesters. For example, the students in the field of languages will be given basic knowledge of six languages like Punjabi, English, Hindi, Urdu etc. in the first year.

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