'Not Fulfilling Societal Needs'; UGC Revises Psychology Course
University Grants Commission (UGC) has revised the syllabus for Psychology course at BA, BSc, MA, MSc and PhD. Citing the reasons to be 'not fulfilling societal needs', 'not rooted in the national ethos' the Commission decided to change the prevalent course. The Commission has uploaded the changed syllabi for the course in the programmes mentioned about at the official website ugc.ac.in. The modern syllabi has been prepared taking the suggestions of the Expert Committee into consideration. In another notification, UGC directed higher educational institutes to make students aware about disaster management.
'It had been noticed that Psychology, as taught in institutions of higher learning was neither keeping pace with the recent developments in the discipline nor fulfilling the societal needs. The prevalent course contents commonly taught in the classroom were not rooted in the national ethos, UGC, therefore, constituted a Committee of Experts to look into different aspects of teaching and research in Psychology besides drawing upon the considerable work that is underway for the purposes of developing vibrant model syllabi for different levels,' said UGC.
Referring to the guidelines on 'safety of students on and off campuses of higher educational institutional' released on 16 April 2015, the Commission has asked Universities to include compulsory courses on Disaster management which will also include bomb threat, terrorist incidence, campus shooting, sudden health emergency, explosion.
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