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The Restructured B.A. Programme
Effective from July 2004

University of Delhi
W.E.F. 2004
A new B. A. Programme came into force with effect from July 2004.
The erstwhile B.A. (Pass) has been replaced by a new programme of studyleading to the B.A. degree.The Academic Council of the University of Delhiadopted the Report of the B. A. Restructuring Committee and decided to introduce a new B.A. Programme in its meeting held on 23rd September, 2003. Under this Resolution a B.A. Programme Committee was constituted at the University level to formulate Foundation and Application Courses and take appropriate measures to implement the programme. Subsequently University Departments was also asked to draft compulsory language and discipline courses in their respective fields.with effect
1. Components: The Academic Council adopted the Foundation and Application Courses along with some changes in the earlier resolution in its meeting heldon 28.5.2004. The first set of compulsory language and discipline courses wasalso approved in the same Academic Council Meeting 28.5.2004 and the secondset of courses on 11.12.2004, the third set of courses on 17.3.2005 and thefourth set of courses on 23.4.2005, were approved.
The perspective for the B.A. Programme is based on the view thatthere is need for an undergraduate programme relevant to the immediateenvironment of social opportunities while, at the same time, giving the studentthe basic intellectual equipmentexpected of a programme of higher education.It was an important initiative to provide quality education to the B.A. studentsand enabling them to have a solid grounding in some disciplines, acquirelinguistic skills and some foundational knowledge and be equipped with someskills to enter the world of work. Consequently, the objectives of the B.A.Programme are:
. To enable a Graduate to acquire the basic intellectual equipment in termsof thinking ability, linguistic skills and reasonable knowledge in certainfields with which he/she can enter the world of work.
Introduction, Prespective and Ordinance 1-7
Syllabi and Readings of :
Compulsory Language Courses 8-67
Discipline Courses in Languages 68-123
Discipline Courses in other subjects 124-327
To give the students enough knowledge in a discipline to pursue postgraduate studies. It is conveived both as a terminal degree with substantial intellectual equipment and as an enabling degree for higher studes.
. By offering a combination of relevant courses,. changing the method of teaching in the direction of greater interaction between teachers and students and re-organizing the examination system, this objective is sought to be achieved within the overall framework of the existing workload and faculty strength in the colleges.
To put in place structure and the contents of the programme to make it an integrated and interdisciplinary programme with flexibility and choice.
To provide the students a demanding, but worthwhile and enjoyable experience, in the form of a liberal education to enter the wider world of work or go for higher students after three years of college.

Ordinance relating to B.A. Programme
(B.A. Examination) as amended by the Executive Council on 04.06.2004.The Restructured B. A. Programme shall be implemented in the regular stream with effect from the academic year beginning July 2004
With the implementation of this B.A. Programme, the existing

B.A. (Pass) and other restructured and vocational B.A. (Pass) in the regular stream shall stand discontinued with effect from July 2004. Those students admitted to the aforesaid B.A. (Pass) in July 2003, or earlier, shall be governed by the provisions of the B.A. (Pass) until the expiry of their respective span period.
1. Components:
It shall comprise four categories of courses

Third, viz.. Discipline Courses, Language Courses, Foundation Courses and Application Courses.

(a) Discipline courses are courses that give the basics of the disciplines,while at the same time introducing the student to the recent developments in the field of study.
(b) Language Courses are courses to enhance linguistic skills and literary sensibilities in students.
(c) Foundation Courses are courses to help the students learn certain basic things about pursuit of knowledge, such as economic, social, cultrual and political environment and major contemporary concerns.
(d) Application Courses are courses to provide practical skills and additional competencies to better equip the student but for which students do not have to go outside the University system.
2. Structure:
There shall be a total of twelve courses over three-year period with four coursestaught and examined every year.A full year course will have 3 credits and the whole programme will have 36 credits for 12 courses. Each course shall have value of three units, each unit taught in one term with a specified teaching time per unit.The courses may extend over one, two or three terms.The number of credits for a course shall be defined in terms of a specified teaching time.Additional courses or modules may be taken by a student beyond the stipulated requirements,both as audited courses or courses for which special certificates may be given after the student has taken the examinations.
The twelve courses shall have the following distribution over the three-year period,with four courses each year :
Course Category--- --Number of Courses to be Chosen by a Student-- Year 1-- Year 2-- Year 3

  • 1.-Course Category--
    Discipline Courses (in 2 disciplins) ,
    --Number of Courses to be Chosen by a Student--6--(3 + 3)
    Year 1--(1+1), Year 2--(1+1), Year 3--(1+1)

  • 2.-Course Category--
    ~Language Courses (in 2 languages) ,
    --Number of Courses to be Chosen by a Student---4---(2 + 2)
    ~Year 1--(1+1), Year 2--(1), Year 3--(1)

  • 3.-Course Category--
    ---Foundation Courses ,
    --Number of Courses to be Chosen by a Student---1
    --Year 1--(-), Year 2--(1), Year 3--(-)

  • 4.-Course Category--
    ---Appliation Courses ,
    --Number of Courses to be Chosen by a Student---1
    --Year 1--(-), Year 2--(-), Year 3--(1)

  • Course Category--
    ---Total Number ,
    --Number of Courses to be Chosen by a Student---12
    --Year 1--(4), Year 2--(4), Year 3--(4))

Discipline Courses : A student shall do 6 discipline courses, 3 in each discipline in Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Mathematical Sciences, Commerce, Home Science, Education, Music & Fine Arts and Applied Social Sciences & Humanities.
Language Courses: A student shall do 4 language courses. Of these, 2 courses are to be in English and 2 courses are to be in Hindi/other Indian Languages Appropriate language courses in stream A, B & C will be offered to specific groups of students on the advice of the B.A. Committee of the College keeping in view their specific academic needs according to the rules to be made in consultation with the Departments. Students who have not studied Indian Languages at School shall have the option of taking two additional courses in a discipline in lieu of the two courses in Hindi or other Indian Languages.
Foundation Courses, comprising any sub-set of the following, shall be on offer in each college, of which every student shall choose one course: Social Enquiry Contemporary India: Economy, Politics and Society Human Rights, Gender and Environment Language, Literature and Culture. The foundation courses, their contents and the readings shall be worked out and finalized by the University B.A. Programme Committee.
Application Courses shall be offered in each college depending upon the faculty profile and the availability of facilities, of which, every student shall choose one course. The application courses, their contents and the readings shall be worked out and finalised by the University B.A. Programme Committee. A student may apply to the B.A. Committee of the college for special permission to take a maximum of two additional courses from the list of Foundation Courses and Application Courses in lieu of the corresponding number of Discipline Courses provided that the student takes a minimum of four Discipline Courses in two disciplines.
Students shall not be ordinarily allowed to take more than eight language courses in all including the Application Courses on Translation and Creative Writing and not more than six courses in any one language. The Foundation Course, Language, Literature and Culture is an Inter Disciplinary Course and will not be counted as a Language Course.
Students opting for three courses in Commerce shall not be ordinarily allowed to take application courses on Banking and Insurance, Entrepreneurship and Tax Management unless specially permitted by the B.A. Committee of the college.
Students opting for three courses in Mathematics shall not be allowed to take application courses on Mathematics for Social Sciences.
Students taking three courses in Statistics shall not be allowed to take application courses on Basic Statistics.
Students taking three courses in Computer Science shall not be allowed to take the application course on Computer Application/Information Technology.
A Student taking a language as a discipline has the option of dropping the two compulsory language courses and may take the same number of Courses in a discipline instead.
3. The University B.A. Programme Committee:
There shall be a B.A. Programme Committee of the University of Delhi, whose composition has been laid down in regulations on the subject.
The University B.A. Programme Committee shall consider and formulate new proposals to add or modify the Foundation and Application Courses and introduce new inter-disciplinary courses (since they are not part of any single Discipline)for approval by the Academic Council. The Discipline and Language Courses shall continue to be formulated by the Departments through their B.A. Committee of Courses (The existing B.A. (Pass) Committees of Courses shall be re-named as B.A. Committees of Courses.
The Committee shall be empowered to review the B.A. Programme as a whole and make changes in specific aspects or components from time to time or as and when necessary. It shall endeavour to address the needs of the Hindi medium students and those enrolled in the School of Correspondence Courses in transition to Campus of Open Learning.
Every College offering the B.A. Programme shall have a B.A. Committee to administer the B.A. Programme and to coordinate with the University B.A. Programme Committee. The composition of the Committee shall be as per regulations on the subject.
4. Teaching Methods:
In case a particular course is not offered in a College,the B.A Committee may consider allowing the students to attend classes in another College where it is offered provided the B.A. Committees of both the colleges agree and make arrangements for teaching, evaluation and computation of attendance. Every college shall offer a critical minimum number of courses.
5. Examinations:
The evaluation system for the B.A. Programme shall include continuous internal assessment based on tutorials/written assignments /term papers/presentations/seminars,House Examinations and attendance,in addition to the annual University Examinations ,in accordance with Ordinance VIII-E.
6. Pass percentage and classification of successful candidate:
The minimum marks required to pass the examination at the end of each year (Part-I examination,Part-II examination and Part-III examination) shall be 36% in each course (theory and practical separately)and 36%in the aggregate of four courses.
The candidate must secure 36% marks in the University examination and 36% marks in the total of University examination and Internal Assessment taken together.Provided that at the end of the 1st year,a candidate who has not passed the Part-1 examination but has secured at least 25% marks in the aggregate of the all the courses taken together (including Internal Assessment and practical test, if any) and pass marks (separately in theory and practical)in at least two courses,may be permitted to proceed to the 2nd year class and take subsequently the examination in the remaining courses of Part-I in which he/she has not secured the pass marks,along with the Part-II examination.Similarly,at the end of the 2nd year,a candidate who does not pass the Part-II examination (including a candidate who has not passed the Part-I examination also) but has secured at least 25% marks in the aggregate (including Internal Assessment and practical tests,if any)of the Part-II examination and pass marks (separately in theory and practical in at least two courses of 2nd year,may be permitted to proceed to the 3rd year class and take the examination in the remaining courses of Part-I and/or Part-II which he/she might have not cleared by then, along with the Part-III examination.
A candidate for the Part-III examination who has not passed but has secured at least 36% marks in any course/s (theory and practical separately)shall be exempted from re-appearing in those courses.
The successful candidates will be classified on the combined results of Part-I,Part-II and Part-III examinations as follows:-
First Division -60% marks or more in the aggregate.
Second Division - 50% marks or more but less than 60% in the aggregate.
Third Division - All others.
The B.A. Programme Committee of the University shall be made up of the following members:
Three Deans including Deans of Arts and Social Sciences and one other Dean by rotation from the Faculties of Mathematical Sciences, Commerce and Business, Education, Music & Fine Arts and Applied Social Sciences & Humanities.Three Heads of Departments by rotation not represented by the Deans.Three Principals by rotation.
Three Professors nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
Eight College teachers by seniority,of whom four shall have experience up to 10 years.
Two distinguished academics from outside the University nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
The Chairperson of the Committee shall be nominated by the Vice Chancellor.The quorum of a meeting of the University B.A.Programme Committee shall be seven members including one Dean,one Head of the Department, one Principal,one Professor and two College teachers. The Committee shall formulate its own modalities regarding conduct of meetings, other than the quorum.
The Committee shall be reconstituted every two years.
The B.A. Committee of the College will consist of Teacher-in-Charge of the Departments participating in the B.A. Programme with the Principal or her/his nominee as Convener.
The B.A. Committee of the college shall be reconstituted every two years.

2. Hindi
3. Sanskrit
4. Urdu
5. Panjabi
6. Assamese
7. Bengali
8. Marathi
9. Oriya
10. Sindhi
11. Tamil
12. Telugu
13. Kannada
14. Manipuri
15. Buddhist Studies (Pali)