New Delhi: The Jamia Millia Islamia is set to introduce semester system from academic year 2012-13 on the lines of the reforms taken up by the University of Delhi for improvement in quality of education.
Preparations are in full swing to modify the existing curriculum to enable the commencement of the semester system from the upcoming academic session.

JMI Chancellor Najeeb Jung said, “The introduction of semester system is a big step in the line of education reforms. This will not only improve the quality of higher education and the examination system but will also provide a new syllabus for the students to study.”

 At present, the semester system is in place in post-graduate courses and will now be applied in the graduate courses as well.

However, those already studying in the graduate courses will not be able to get the benefit of the new system as only the new students will study in semester mode graduation.

A total of 241 graduate and non-graduate courses are offered in nine faculties and 36 departments of the University. Around 4,000 students enroll in these courses every year.

Jung said, “The country is developing at a fast pace and updating the education system is the need of the hour. The educationists and experts of the varsity are working on the internal assessment system in the semester system, the procedure of checking of exam papers and other dimensions to be kept in mind during the preparation of the exam results.”

He added, “The role of the senior lecturer is of immense importance. They reform the courses in social interest to provide more opportunities for the students in various fields.”

Apart from this, two new study centres are also coming up in the University: Centre for China Studies and Centre for Afghanistan Studies involving curriculum on their economic, political, social and cultural aspects.