The Gujarat University (GU), Ahmedabad – the oldest and the largest public university in the state, will conduct winter admissions for the first time to help students aiming to pursue higher studies abroad.
It is expected to start this month, and the university plans to align the academic courses abroad with these admissions and courses. The courses offered include three-month to one year-certificate and diploma courses.
Integrating the multidisciplinary and choice-based credit system recommended by the National Education Policy 2020, the GU plans to announce winter admissions for existing and new courses across five departments.
The winter admissions are a first by any university in Gujarat. These courses have especially been designed keeping in mind those students who want to enrol in a foreign university but have to wait for six months or can never get admissions due to the difference in timing of Admissions.
The winter admissions will not be centralised and will be held individually by departments. Departments include the Indian Institute of Sustainability (IIS), Department of Biochemistry and Forensic Science, School of New Age Media, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and skills (IIES).
These departments aim to cater to the requirements of working professionals or those looking at career enhancement or a shift.
The admissions would be held for courses with an intake ranging between 30 and 60 for both existing and new ones, especially for admissions integrating NEP 2020.
Also, these programmes will be conducted in a hybrid mode with morning and evening schedules so that working professionals can also enrol themselves for courses such as executive MBA in agribusiness management and sustainability and executive MBA in entrepreneurship and sustainability.
Students already enrolled in a degree programme can also pursue another diploma or certificate course.
Listing out the reasons and benefits of winter courses, other heads of the department said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, many who lost their jobs are looking to find employment or are looking for growth where these courses will offer new opportunities.
For summer admissions, the competition is too high, and a senior faculty member said that executives or working professionals who want to change their profession could not get through.