Launch of Blended Bachelor of Science in Pune, India
The University of Melbourne has partnered with the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune), one of the Indian institutes of national importance, and Savitribai Phule Pune University, in the development of a Bachelor of Science curriculum that blends online and campus-delivered curriculum.
The Blended Bachelor of Science was launched on 6 May 2016 in Pune, India, by the University of Melbourne’s Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil, the Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Professor W. Gade, and the Director of IISER Pune Professor K. Ganesh.
The Blended BSc program provides an innovative three-year curriculum that integrates the four major disciplines of science (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology) into a common curriculum for all students for two years, followed by a choice of major streams in third year. It is intended for students who wish to proceed to postgraduate study in India or abroad.
The curriculum will be trialled with a cohort of 45 students at Modern College, an SPPU affiliated college; with the University of Melbourne, IISER Pune and SPPU providing ongoing pedagogical and discipline-based support, benchmarking, and quality assurance. Successful students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from SPPU.
The Blended BSc will be recognised by the University of Melbourne as equivalent in standard to its own Bachelor of Science and graduating students will be eligible to apply for Masters of Science programs at the University of Melbourne. Similarly, students will be eligible to apply for relevant Masters of Science programs at SPPU.
The development of the Blended BSc reflects the University’s strong commitment to India and is a significant development in the University’s India engagement.