Pune: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the universities and its affiliated colleges offering psychology course to revise and update their syllabus.
The circular states that psychology, as taught in institutions of higher learning, was neither in pace with the recent developments in the discipline nor was fulfilling the societal needs. The prevalent course contents commonly taught in the classroom were not rooted in the national ethos.
It further mentioned that UGC, therefore, has 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.
“According to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) rules, the syllabus is revised every three years. The current syllabus, which is being followed, was set in 2015 and the new one will soon be formulated from the 2018-2019 academic year,” said RS Mhaske, Head of Department of Psychology at SPPU.
“In consideration on including current trends in the syllabus, psychology is a vast subject and not limited to the technical course only. Hence, whenever a new trend is observed, it is being discussed as part of the example in reference to the theory mentioned in the curriculum. This automatically makes the learning and teaching process up to date,” added Mhaske.
Another professor of psychology at Sir Parashurambhau, Meenakshi Gokhale, said, “The students of both Masters and Bachelors take their internships after the second year, which allows them to gain practical knowledge beyond the theory. As psychology is a wide subject, it is necessary to be aware about the recent developments.”
The UGC has also mentioned that the updated model of syllabi is uploaded on the website www.ugc.ac.in. However, the link provided by UGC still shows the model of syllabus dated to 2001.