CURRICULUM IN QUESTION
On 15th February 2021, the UGC published its suggested curriculum/syllabus for the undergraduate degree course in History. The proposed syllabus has been under much scrutiny by academia - teachers and scholars of history alike, alongside the students who have displayed mixed feelings.
Curriculum in Question: What UGC kept, what they ignored
By Disha Ray and Pinaki Chandra
On publication of the new UGC curriculum in February, the subject neither received attention nor criticism, either from academia or from the media. The matter played down due to the simple fact that there was no adequate notice/information given out by the concerned bodies. It was only in the third week of March that the nitty-gritty of the new draft curriculum came to light ensuing a series of hushed discussions in academic circles, only to be scrapped a little by a few media houses later in the week.
The 'Medieval' and More.
An Interview with Dr. Pankaj Jha
Dr. Pankaj Jha presently teaches History at Lady Shri Ram (LSR), University of Delhi. Dr. Jha has worked with Sanskrit and vernacular sources as well as Persian texts to study medieval South Asian history. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed international journal, Indian Economic and Social History Review.
Ideas and Anachronisms.
An Interview with Dr. Ranjan Anand
Dr. Ranjan Anand currently teaches at the Department of History at Zakir Hussain (Evening) College, University of Delhi. His research focuses on ancient and early medieval India. He has been teaching undergraduate students for more than 25 years.
Outdated Works and Outmoded Frameworks
An Interview with Dr. Rashmi Pant
Dr. Rashmi Pant is an Associate Professor at the Department of History, Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), University of Delhi. COEUS reached out to Dr. Pant for her comments on the new curriculum.
World Civilizations vs Social Formations and Cultural Patterns
An Interview with Dr. Shahana Bhattacharya
Dr. Shahana Bhattacharya has taught History to undergraduate students at Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi for the past decade. She takes the Social Formations and Cultural Patterns paper (SOFO-I and II) for the first-year students. Coeus reached out to Dr. Bhattacharya for her comments on the new curriculum.
An Interview with Dr. Srimanjari
Dr. Srimanjari has experience of teaching history at Miranda House for the last three decades. The main courses that she has taught include Social Formations and Cultural Patterns of the Ancient and Medieval World, and History of India (1750-1950). She is also engaged in guiding research at the Department of history, University of Delhi.
ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
DELHI UNIVERSITY OBE
In August 2020, the University of Delhi had shifted to the online Open Book Examination system in order to conduct examinations for the graduating batch during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University conducted its second phase of OBE for the second and third-year undergraduate students, along with the final-year postgraduate students which commenced on December 12, 2020. More than 1.30Lakh students had appeared for the second phase OBE.
The survey aims to gather information on the Online Open-Book Examinations(OBE) conducted by Delhi University as an alternative to physical examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey and the following research aims to study the leakages in the online examination system with respect to student’s internet accessibility, technological sustainability of the portal system, availability of resources and feasibility of the online system alongside its efficacy in lieu of other alternatives. Please fill the Survey!