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Bangalore University starts 4 year BS degree course from 2014

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BU replaces B.Sc with BS degree course
Bangalore University (BU) has to replace the existing three-year BSc programmes with a four-year BS programme in all its affiliated colleges from the academic year 2014-15.

Vice-Chancellor B Thimme Gowda said the university has charted out a comprehensive plan that will not put students in trouble.

"This change is being introduced to bring our courses on a par with the global structure. This will give students the option to mix and match their interests," said Prof B Thimme Gowda, BU Vice-Chancellor.

"Students enrolled in (affiliated) colleges that can support only three years of the course can study the fourth year in the university itself," Prof Gowda said.

The University has decided to split the bachelor and postgraduate courses into BSc, BS and MS courses. For the Arts stream, the course will be split into BA and BA (Honours).

The VC further explained that students will have an exit option at the end of three years. "If they choose to study only three years, students will get a BSc degree. If they complete four years, they will get a BS degree that will make them directly eligible to take up PhD," he said.

For students who do not wish to pursue a doctoral programme and want to get a masters degree, they can do a one-year MS programme after BS, he added.

The BS programme, which will be equivalent to a four-year engineering degree, will allow students to major in one discipline in the fourth year while they will have minors (for example, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) in the third year.

"Based on the outcome, we want to replace BA with four-year BA honours degrees with the same structure as the BS programmes," he said.

The BU already has a four-year BS programme that was introduced in 2010. Also, the Indian Institute of Science offers a similar four-year BS programme in basic sciences. The eligibility for the BS programme is Class 12 or II PUC.

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