Indore: The much awaited department of performing arts was formally launched by Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya on Tuesday. The department would function under School of Languages and Culture. “We are starting new department with four bachelor degree courses with multiple exit options,” said vice-chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad.
Multiple exit option means that a student can leave the programme mid-stream with a diploma for period he pursued for the programme. The programmes have been started in streams including dance (kathak, odissi, bharatnatyam), vocal, instrumental (tabla, harmonium) and dramatics (drama, acting).
To attract students of different disciplines, the university has brought the department under Choice Base Credit System (CBCS) in which the students can choose the prescribed courses as the core and elective or soft skill courses from a range of options.
Apart from degree courses, the university has also launched diploma and certificate courses. “Students who have cleared class XII and want to make career in art and entertainment field can opt for three months, six months, diploma and graduation courses,” said Dhakad said.
Post graduation courses are also available. There is no age limit in these courses. There are in total 60 seats in the department of which 25 have been filled. The course has the basic fees structure, Rs 6,200 per year, excluding caution money. “The objective behind this department is to promote Indian culture and tradition,” said department head Rekha Aacharya.
“Stress is problem of most students. In order to address it and to encourage students to get a better career in this field, we’ve introduced this course,” said known kathak dancer and DAVV executive council member Ragini Makkar.