Shimla, Nov 24: It was decided in 63rd academic council meeting held under the Chairmanship of Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor here-today that dozens of new courses would be introduced in the program of Himachal Pradesh University The Council decided to introduce new courses at MTech. Bio-Technology & Information Technology, M.Sc. in Remote Sensing and GIS, Environmental Sciences, Statistics, Polymer Science, MA in Disaster Management, Hindi Journalism, Population & Development Studies and Tribal Studies.
It also decided to start M.B.A. in Infrastructure Development, Banking & Life Insurance, Retail Management, Bio-technology, Environment Management and Rural Development. PG Courses in Financial Studies, Accounts and Taxations, Costing, Banking and Insurance and Retail management. In addition, short term special courses in Veda, Vyakarana ,Darshana and Himalyan Culture and Spirituality would be introduced.
The council also recommended to start PG diploma courses in Cultural Tourism, Adventure Sports, Pahari Miniature Painting, Bio-informatics, Buddhists Studies, Cyber Law and IPR & Patent Law. Bachelor Degree Courses in Pharmacy, Fine Arts & Library Sciences, B.Tech. in Bio-Technology, Computer Science and Electronics and Communications will be introduced with Diploma Courses in Cyber Crime Prosecution and Defense, Multi Skill Hotel Operation, Himalayan Culture and Spirituality and in Urdu. Certificate Courses in Urdu, Chinese ,Japanies, Human Rights, Tourist Guide, Computer, Personality and Skill Development, Religious Tourism and Freedom Struggle Tourism would also be introduced.
There would be eleven (11) centers for research and extension set up in spirit of the document vision twenty-twenty (Vision 2020). These will be started in the phased manner from the next academic session. These are Centre for Neno Science and Technology, Food Processing, Multi Media, Immunology and Infictitious disease, Indian Religion Philosophy Thoughts and Culture, Environmental Studies, Pahari Language and Culture, Remote Sensing and GIS, Spiritualism, Jyotis and Yogic Studies, Social Exclusions and Inclusive Growth and Disabilities Studies. The council has recommended to establish ten (10) new departments, also in phased manner in accordance with Swaran Drishti Vision 20-20 in Anthropology, Archeology, Bio-Chemistry, Geology, Library and Information Science, Defense Studies, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Traditional Knowledge System and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Seven (7) more chairs would also be established on the names of S.S. Bhatnagar for Science Education and Research, Shobha Singh, Visual Arts, J.C. Bose Life Sciences, Baba Bhalku Ram for Tourism, Transport & Hospitality, Sri Aurbindo for Indian Philosophy and Thoughts, Planning Commission and Reserve Bank of India Chair.