The 11 Foundation Courses, being multi-disciplinary were entrusted to separate Empowered Committees, one for each course. Interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches were discussed by teachers from the departments and from colleges who were members in each committee. Several meetings were held for every course. It was agreed that Foundation Courses would be designed to strengthen the educational base of the students in relation to the grand challenges facing India. The curriculum would encourage appreciation and learning of academic tools that explore some of these problems and point towards some solutions. Through lectures, group projects and class presentations, it is expected that students will acquire both knowledge and ability in the areas being addressed. The Foundation Course curriculum takes up these issues implicitly:
- Economic Development, Rural, Urban & Linkages
- Energy, water
- Urbanization, Infrastructure, Transport, Sanitation
- Environment & Public Health
- Food security, Agriculture
- Education, Literacy
- Ethics, Society & Justice
The teaching methodology in the Foundation courses is participative and project based. Reading material is pertinent, engaging and of manageable length for students. Presentations in class are mandatory. Evaluation procedures are recommended to ensure continuous learning.
In addition to the 11 Foundation Courses, 1 Applied course in Language (Hindi/ English) will also be taught in the first year.
1. Language, Literature, and Creativity –I
- MIL (Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu)
- Indian Literature
2. Language, Literature, and Creativity –II (English),
3. Information Technology
4. Business, Entrepreneurship, and Management
5. Governance and Citizenship
6. Philosophy, Psychology, Communication and Life Skills
7. Geographic and Socio-Economic Diversity
8. Science and Life
9. Indian History and Culture
10. Building Mathematical Ability
11. Environment and Public Health
(b) Applied Language Course – 1 course.
3. Semester-wise Foundation Course Distribution: As per decision of the Academic Council
4. Teaching time: 14 weeks of classroom teaching & presentations and 2 weeks of review, per semester for every Foundation Course (Total: 16 Weeks) .
Language courses have 4 classes a week and 1 period for Projects & Presentations.
Other courses have 2 classes a week and 1 period for Projects & Presentations
5. (d) Assessment: Total Marks: 75 for each Foundation Corse based on
- Continuous evaluation of Projects (35 marks)
- End of semester written Examination ( 40 marks)