Students opting for a Bachelors in Science (BSc) in Computer Science (CS) or biotechnology will not have to study additional subjects as the Mumbai University academic council approved a proposal for restructuring the courses.
This academic year onwards, both courses will have a separate syllabus.
“Until now, students who opted for the CS or biotechnology course were part of the general science (BSc) stream, where they could choose one to three subjects per semester from their course. Now, students will major only in that course, without BSC subjects,” said a senior member of the council.
The state government approved three BSc programs almost 17 years ago -Information Technology (IT), CS and biotechnology. While BSc-IT is a three year course, the other two were offered as add-ons.
“The two courses had selective CS or biotechnology subjects, as well as physics, chemistry and math. The new syllabus incorporates the traditional subjects in its module,” added the official.
While the university said the new programs would be available this year, teachers are doubtful. Some are worried that if traditional science subjects are dropped, teachers will lose their jobs.
“We will see if students still opt for the course, and if it is financially viable,” said Manju Nichani, principal of K C College at Churchgate. She added that as the courses will require separate classes, colleges will need more infrastructure.
MU officials said this move would benefit students. “As IT is a full-fledged course, it was time to do the same for CS and biotechnology. This will ensure students have a comprehensive knowledge of the course they choose,” said M A Khan, registrar, MU.