The 5-year Integrated Undergraduate Programme proposal of University Grants Commission (UGC) in the 12th Five Year Plan is in limbo. The course was supposed to be implemented by the universities across the country directly after the Class XII. The universities even had announced changing of graduate-level courses for the purpose. The RTMNU Vice Chancellor Dr Vilas Sapkal had stressed its implementation in the university but till now the profile or design of the courses has not been prepared and the UGC proposal appears to be in cold storage.
According to UGC’s proposal on 5-year Integrated Undergraduate Programme, the graduate education would be of five years with the provision of lateral exit. The students, for any reason, could leave the course after three years. Such students were to be conferred with 3-year degree. The aim of the UGC behind the proposal was to increase gross enrollment proportion and create good researchers and teachers.
The RTMNU Vice-Chancellor Dr Vilas Sapkal has termed the 5-year Integrated Undergraduate Programme an important step in improvement of quality of education. Dr Sapkal had stressed to begin the Programme from the academic year 2012-13 initially in some courses but the academic year 2014-15 has been drawing closer and still no plan on primary level is ready even though the Vice Chancellor thinks it to be a vital plan.
The Senate member Mahendra Nimbarte feels that RTMNU should submit the proposal in the Vidvat Parishad and Board of Examination as soon as possible so that students could reap benefits. At present, only law course is being run for 5 years by the university, Nimbarte said.