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UGC changes Psychology syllabi to make it more rooted in ‘national ethos’

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The University Grants Commission (UGC), earlier this week proposed a new syllabus for psychology courses in the universities around the country which is more ‘rooted’ in Indian ethos, arguing that the existing course structure wasn’t!

In a letter dated 5th October and addressed to the Vice Chancellors of all universities, the UGC observed that psychology courses were “neither keeping pace with the recent developments in the discipline nor fulfilling the societal needs” A new and revamped syllabi has been prepared by a committee of experts and the universities are expected to bring the same into implementation.

In an interview given to The Telegraph, Navin Kumar, associate professor of psychology at the Bhim Rao Ambedkar College says, “It should be explained on what basis the expert committee concluded that the prevailing course content is not rooted in the national ethos.” Other professors who were critical of the decision pointed out that the decisions pertaining to the syllabi were the prerogative of the university’s board of studies, academic council and executive council and that the UGC shouldn’t encroach in that sphere.

Narender Chaddha, a former psychology professor at Delhi University, told The Times of India, “The syllabus at DU met all international standards and we must first look if the syllabi created by the experts even meet those standards.”


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