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No Syllabus issued for BA Programme paper

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Final year students studying the BA Programme with Economics as their main subject have found themselves in a quandary- they are waiting for the syllabus for an Economics paper under the skill enhancement course (SEC) head, while the Department of Economics claims no such paper exists, or indeed, has been designed in the first place.

When the syllabus for the paper was not released for an extended period of time, Subhansh Singh Prasad, teacher-in-charge of Sri Aurobindo’s College, wrote to the Department of Economics stating, ‘The Skill Enhancement Paper for the students of sixth semester of BA (programme) Economics has not been specified and there is no clear course outline for the same. Kindly look into the matter at the earliest as the semester has already begun and there is still a lot of confusion for the same.’

Head of the Department Aditya Bhattacharyajea countered that colleges and teachers had been told the previous year that they should take the initiative to design SECs and that the Department would not be doing it. ‘The students should take an extra SEC from their other subject,’ he said.

Economics teachers, however, deny that the directives had been issued the previous year. The confusion ranges around the fact that students cannot take a different SEC paper, as Economics is their main course.

Part of the General Elective category, this paper was introduced under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for second and third-year students in 2015. As the current sixth-semester students belong to the first batch under CBCS, there is no preinstalled layout for them to follow, leading to more confusion. “We are totally clueless about the paper. Even our teachers have no idea about the syllabus. It, however, is mentioned in the new time table being issued to us,” said Shubham Sharma, a third-year BA (prog) student at SGTB Khalsa College.

One can only hope this issue resolves itself in time and does not cause greater stress to the already burdened final year BA Programme students.

Source : DNA INDIA

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