Lucknow University has finally toned down and modified the names of 12 degree programmes, that were more commonly known as fancy degrees, to comprehend with the set norms of University Grants Commission (UGC). The decision is likely to benefit more than 1,000 students in the university. The fancy courses were such courses which were not run as per the nomenclature that the UGC had specified by UGC in their guidelines. For the academic session 2015-16, the new names of the fancy degrees would become applicable and would get incorporated in the university brochure.
Lucknow University Vice Chancellor, S B Nimse in a meeting had decided to approve the new names of the 12 courses. The decision was about to take place in the last academic year, but due to lazy attitude of the officials the change of name of these courses got delayed by a year. According the UGC directives, the university has also decided to increase the duration of two courses from three years to four years. These two courses are: Bachelor of Hotel Management and Bachelor in Performing Arts.
UGC had issued a notification which minutely pointed to the nomenclature of the degrees that the university should award to the students. The nomenclature would be effective from the 2014-15 academic cycle. The commission has also warned the state universities that if they do not abide by the guidelines, there might be strong action taken against them by the commission.
Some of the names of the fancy courses which got altered to genuine degrees are, BA in Mass Communication and Journalism (formerly known as BJMC), MA in Business Economics (formerly MBE) and Masters in Health Administration (formerly Hospital and Health Care Administration) etc.
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