Jamia Milia Islamia is planning to make studying English compulsory for students studying language courses in honours to make them more competitive for the job market.
The move, being planned from the next year, is part of a number of academic measures the varsity is planning to introduce, Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung said today.
Studying Urdu will also be made compulsory for two years for all undergraduate courses from the next academic session with credits counted for the subject.
The move to introduce English as a compulsory subject is being planned to make students studying honours courses in languages like Hindi, Persian, Arabic, Pashto etc conversant in English, an ability that will help them better in job market.
"We received a remarkable response when we introduced remedial English classes last year for a four-month span. Hence, (we decided) to have English language as a subject for all three years," he said.
Jung made the announcements after the university awarded 4179 degrees and diplomas to students at its annual convocation.
The University handed out 147 Gold Medals to toppers and also awarded 204 Ph.D. degrees to research scholars.
The University is also gearing up to introduce the Masters in Mathematics Education course under the Meta University plan along with Delhi University.
Registrar S M Sajid said that as of now over 300 applications had been received for 20 seats in the course which is expected to take off from January 3.
The two varsities will manage the course together.
"We are planning weekend classes for the batch, so that on one particular day of the week, dedicated sessions at Jamia can be conducted", he said.