One of the premier higher education institutes in Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has decided to introduce three new Masters programmes in Film and Television, Art history and theatre from the next academic session.
According to the Vice Chancellor of JNU, SK Sopory, “The University will be offering three new MA programmes from the next academic session. The courses will be MA in Art History and Visual Studies, MA in Film, Television and New Media Studies and MA in Theatre and Performance Studies.” In a recent meeting the three courses have been given accent by the Academic Council of the University.
According to Soopry, “The Board of Studies of School of Arts and Aesthetics had recommended for introduction of the three courses. The proposal was mooted in July and discussed and approved by the board before placing the same before the council. The preamble as well as the courses to be taught and credit requirement for the three programmes have been worked out.”
In the meeting the Academic Council has also taken note of the proposal given by the University to open ‘School of Indian Languages’ which would be offering Master’s programmes and research for the students in Indian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Odia. The proposal has been sent to the concerned departments of the university and once they give their feedback it would be placed in front of the academic council in further meetings.
However, in the meeting the academic council firmly rejected the proposal of launching short term course in ‘Indian Culture’ and ‘Yoga’, which would propagate spiritual and mythological traditions of the country to its students, establishing the Indian ethos and values to the world.