Much to the dismay of science students, the Tribhuvan University (TU) is unlikely to introduce its first four-year bachelor course from the next academic session.
Although the TU´s science faculty is in the final stage of preparing four-year B.Sc. curriculum, the Institute of Science and Technology (IoST) is unlikely to forward the new curriculum to the university´s academic council any time soon. The IoST can not launch the four-year B.Sc. course until the curriculum drafted by it is endorsed by the council.
Suman Lal Shrestha, acting dean of the IoST, said the TU´s science faculty is facing “a problem of interrelationship” to take the four-year B.SC curriculum to the council. “We cannot forward the four-year B.Sc. curriculum on our own,” Shrestha explained. “We have to coordinate with the humanities faculty as well.”
According to Shrestha, the TU´s humanities faculty also runs subjects like mathematics and statistics at the bachelor level. “If we launch the four-year B.Sc. curriculum ignoring the humanity faculty, it will create a lot of confusion,” said Shrestha. “The problem here is that the students under the humanities faculty studying mathematics and statistics would reach the masters level in just three years, while those under the science faculty might ask why they have to study the same subjects for four years.”
In order to avoid the confusion, the IoST, according to Shrestha, has asked the TU´s humanities faculty to either launch the four-year BA course or upgrade just mathematics and statistics subjects to four years so that they can come into effect from the next session. “We are awaiting their decision,” said Shrestha.
The humanities faculty has completely ruled out the possibility of launching the four-year B.A. in the next session. “Our new four-year curriculum is not ready yet,” said Tara Kanta Pandey, acting dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FoHSS). “We are still in a very early stage of preparing a four-year curriculum for the bachelor level.”
Pandey also brushed aside any probability of upgrading just mathematics and statistics subjects for the time being. “We are not ready for this,” he said. “Preparing a new curriculum for us is not as simple as it is for those in the science faculty.”
The delay by the FoHSS in preparing the new four-year curriculum has left the IoST in a fix. “We will wait for them till the last day,” said Shrestha. “If we do not get positive response from the humanities faculty, we will consult the top-level authorities about going to the academic council alone.” The next academic session of the IoST begins by August or September.
Two years ago, the country´s oldest university had passed the much-hyped policy about upgrading the three-year bachelor course to a four-year one, keeping in view international standards and practices.
However, owing to delays in preparing new curriculum, none of the four-year courses has been formally launched till now. Bhim Raj Adhikari, former registrar of the TU, says, “The faculties of humanities and education are delaying the curriculums as no one is putting pressure on them.”
Meanwhile, the IoST is under pressure to launch the four-year B.Sc. course at the earliest as most science students aspire to go abroad for further studies. Most colleges abroad do not acknowledge the three-year course as complete bachelor level study.
(Source: Republica National Daily By Om Astha Rai)