Punjabi University Patiala has been running several five-year integrated courses where students are admitted after 12th standard, and they can continue all the way up to post-graduation. These courses are being re-vamped and re-cast into a new frame-work, wherein inter-disciplinarity in approach and exposure to research, will be key components. The courses will not be tied to a single department but, instead students will experience a multi-faculty environment. Courses will be started in the Sciences and Humanities streams, involving multiple faculties.
Punjab University Lahore had an excellent Integrated Masters programme, which nurtured
several talented graduates including Nobel laureates Professor Har Gobind Khurana and
Professor Abdus Salam, and the programme has survived through the times. Several Central
universities have successfully been running Five Year Integrated Masters programmes. The
IITs along-with their B.Tech. programmes have sustained FYIPs for several decades and all the
IISERs have FYIPs in Science as their flagship programme.
More recently, IISc Bangalore has also launched an FYIP in different areas of Science.
Primarily, the focus of all these programmes has been Science & Technology. The need of the
hour is to broaden the ambit of these programmes and run FYIPs in a wide range of academic
PUP provides a unique ambience for such Integrated Programmes. The University was
established in 1962 with a strong mandate to promote Punjabi language, literature and culture.
In the decades since its inception, the University has diversified its education portfolio and has
emerged as a key institution for imparting high-quality education in the areas of life sciences,
physical sciences, medicine, engineering and technology, business studies, law, social sciences,
humanities, languages, education, information sciences, arts and religious and cultural studies.
Locating these undergraduate programmes within the PUP campus will ensure that these
programmes can flourish under the umbrella that the campus of a university provides. All
departments in the PUP campus will provide a “hands-on” research experience for the
undergraduate students enrolled in such programmes, which will give them a broader
perspective on the state-of-the-art and the current challenges in their respective subject areas.
Therefore, PUP is eminently suitable for hosting such FYIPs.
The boundaries between traditional academic disciplines are becoming porous in today’s
world, and current endeavours are becoming increasingly inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature. The proposed FYIPs at PUP are a concrete initiative in this direction.
These programmes are not tied to a particular department and will in fact have teaching faculty
drawn from various departments. The course structure and syllabi have also been designed with
unique opportunities for these undergraduates to take up “open electives” and “open courses”
drawn from a plethora of University courses.The vision of these programmes dovetails very
well with the recently unveiled National Education Policy of the Government of India.
The programmes have been envisaged as a seamless entity offering degrees in the following
streams of Sciences and Humanities : Physical & Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences,
Mathematical & Computational Sciences, Social Sciences, Languages, and Arts. The salient
points are described below: