The Undergraduate Programme at Ahmedabad University provides skills, promotes citizenship, builds courage, and inculcates responsibility. It is aimed at providing broad and deep education that will equip the student to navigate the world in which she lives and become an agent of change in the betterment of her own life and that of society. The undergraduate education is premised on the fact that it is broad enough for the student to discover her passion in life and prepare her to pursue the passion and yet build deep expertise in her chosen field. It is the ambition of the University to facilitate crossover of disciplinary learning. Undergraduate education, for many, is also a terminal degree hence, it must provide a pathway to earning a livelihood.
Empathy for others who are less endowed and a sense of duty towards contributing to society whether through their own discipline or their engagement with social organizations is an important ethos that must be reflected by the university environment. Universities are also safe places where students and faculty can use scholarship to address conflicting ideas and diverse opinions and beliefs. Respect for and protection of other’s ideas and beliefs and their right to express it even when they are different from ours should be a foremost object of the undergraduate experience.
The University hosts Undergraduate and Integrated Programmes that offer degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Technology, Integrated Master of Business Administration and Integrated Master of Science in Life Sciences. Within each of the programmes, such as the Bachelor of Arts Programme, a student can select a Major such as History or Economics. Similarly in the Bachelor of Business Administration Programme, a student can select a Major in Finance or Operations Management. A student may declare her Major when she enters the University or may choose to enroll with an Undeclared Major or Undeclared Programme and, as discussed below, declare her Major at a later date. There may be prerequisites specified for a Major in terms of preparation and academic achievement.
A very well-prepared student may decide to undertake an Interdisciplinary Major that is decided by a Committee on Individual Choice in conjunction with the student. This allows for creating a customized Major to meet the academic requirements of the student. An interested student may apply to a single Major at the time of application and may indicate that she would be interested in an Interdisciplinary Major.
Most undergraduate students are still discovering their passion when they enter the University. The undergraduate period comprises formative years and must allow for this discovery through flexibility in programmes and curriculum. Towards that, the undergraduate curriculum at Ahmedabad University provides immense flexibility to help students discover their own passion and their own areas of engagement. The University allows students to change their Major/Programme including moving to a Major/Programme hosted by a different School, subject to eligibility requirements and with the approval of the Dean of the School hosting the new Major/Programme.
Students are also allowed an opportunity to choose from a wide range of Free Electives that provide flexibility to students to customize their education at the University. Students may decide to take more electives in their area of expertise (or a major) or build some expertise in a set of allied areas. They may use their Free Electives to meet this aspiration or may develop further breadth by taking courses in their areas of interest across the University.
Students in Integrated Programmes are awarded two degrees at the Bachelors and Masters levels in the same discipline. There is an option to exit the Integrated Programmes after four years with a Bachelors (Honours) degree upon successful completion of the requirements for the Bachelors (Honours) degree.
In addition to the Major, which is the discipline of the degree, a student can select a Minor, which is an alternative area of specialization that is outside the Major discipline. A Minor can be taken in the same School or outside the School but cannot be in the same or closely related discipline as the Major. This allows for exploration of interest and a buildup of more than cursory expertise in more than one area. For example, an engineering student may do a Major in Computer Science and Engineering and may do a Minor in History, while a BBA student may do a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Computer Science.
The Undergraduate Programme at Ahmedabad University is unique in many ways. It integrates interdisciplinarity with breadth and depth in a manner that will both excite and challenge the students and help them grow intellectually. The distinguishing features of the Undergraduate Programme at Ahmedabad University project the philosophy and structure of the Undergraduate Programme.
In the first year at Ahmedabad University students participate in the Foundation Programme which includes 4 courses on Democracy and Justice, Environment and Climate Change, Neighbourhoods and Water in a Studio format involving lectures, discussions, field trips and group activities. Each Studio is taught by 6 faculty members from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Management, Engineering, Data Science and Communication disciplines. While focusing on the theme of the course, each Studio is designed to introduce the students to important topics in Biology and Life, Materials, Constitution and Civilisation, Behaviour, Data Science and Communication, covering areas of innovation, perspectives, and skills that every college graduate in the 21st century should be familiar with.
All students at Ahmedabad University take courses outside their discipline to gain exposure to the different areas of knowledge for a well-rounded education. The General Education Requirements for the Undergraduate Programme consists of courses, including at least three credits of coursework each in Humanities and Languages, Social Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Biological and Life Sciences, and Performing and Visual Arts. Since the University offers degrees in many of these areas, students may choose courses from the many courses in each area. This is unlike many institutions in India where students do take courses outside their discipline but have very few choices in the courses that they study. At Ahmedabad University, all the courses are open to students, subject to their meeting any prerequisite requirements.
An Undergraduate Thesis or group Capstone Project or BTech Project gives an opportunity to the students to do research in addition to the coursework. This is an intensive exercise requiring students to study a problem in their discipline deeply or to work in a group, preferably with those from other disciplines, to address some challenging real world issue. More specifically, the Undergraduate Thesis is a scholarly document that focuses on an issue or a problem and analytically and critically evaluates the issue or problem, and often suggests a suitable direction for a solution. A Capstone Project is a broad, multifaceted, application-oriented project where a group of students, preferably across disciplines, apply what they have learned to resolve a practical problem, or build a viable product or service, or address important community issues or historical issues based on data and evidence, etc. The BTech Project is the culmination of the learning in the programme for engineering students where students integrate all they have learnt to address a technological issue. While BTech Projects are a part of programmes at other institutions the requirement of an Undergraduate Thesis or Capstone Project for BA, BS, BCom and BBA students is unique to Ahmedabad University. Those in the Integrated Masters Programmes in Business Administration and in the Life Sciences also have similar requirements.
The Independent Study Period (ISP) is a two-week period in December, between the Monsoon Semester (July-December) and the Winter Semester (January-May), in which the University offers a very wide range of courses that allow you to explore and experiment with your passion. The ISP courses are rooted in disciplines like literature, design, science, language, heritage, humanities, and more, but cut across areas and specialisations. Past ISP courses have included courses on the Science of Making a Musical Instrument, Anatomy of Automobiles, Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Design Thinking, and Scenes from the History of Science.
All students are required to participate in Volunteerism and put in 30 hours of engagement with society to develop a sense of engagement and concern for their fellow citizens. This will be done through a mandatory course, Engagement with Society. The 30 hours of volunteer work may be completed by the students during any one semester or during one Winter or Summer Break. Volunteer work could include teaching underprivileged children, participating in adult literacy programmes, cleaning heritage sites, participating in housekeeping services on campus, operating a food bank, engaging with the police, Municipal Government, etc. This is seen as a part of a student's learning to be a concerned citizen of the world.
Phases of Course Registration
For more details, refer the Course Catalogue available on AURIS.
URL for EOI, Final Course Registration and Add/Drop Period: auris.ahduni.edu.in/student-ahduni.php
URL for Pre-Registration: aurisregistration.ahduni.edu.in/student-ahduni.php
Both these are accessible from the homepage of your AURIS account.
Open the URL mentioned above.
Student’s information on the top: This is important to check before doing Course Registration. If it is wrong, log out and login again. If the problem persists, report immediately to [email protected]
Click Course Directory button to open Course Directory. It is a page similar to Course Registration page, but from that students cannot register for the courses, it is just viewable. The Course Directory is visible all the time, whereas the Course Registration page opens for a specific period of time. Also, it is visible for each past semesters/terms.Also, students can view the courses to be offered in the coming Course Registration which are viewed in Course Directory.
If it shows error message that your registration is closed, please refer the schedule. You can check it by clicking View schedule button. Sample schedule is displayed in below image.
After the top window, there is a window of filters. Theycan be used to narrow down the searched courses. Without applying filter one can see all the courses except already chosen and already completed/currently studying. All the courses would be displayed whether they are offered to your programme or batch or not.
Level filter is used to search courses by Undergraduate, Graduate Master’s or Graduate Doctoral courses. For example a graduate student cannot opt for Undergraduate courses. Hence, a graduate student should apply this filter and can see only higher level courses so that, she can search courses easily.
After filters this screen will appear, which will have Instruction window on left side and Courses Window School wise on right side. On right side on top there is a search bar, you can search by code, course name, faculty or anything else, it is full text search. This search textbox is applicable to the selected school only which is shown in the top of the page.
Clicking on + button will open a window in which details of the course is displayed. Like faculty, prerequisites, anti-requisites, course description, course outlines, sections, schedule
You can open a Course Outline by clicking View Course Outline button. Course Outline is a collection of details about a specific course.
There are two buttons, one is Add Course which is used to select the course. Another button is Add in Preference, which is used when there is no vacancy in the course and a student wants to show interest for the course to programme office. This will not give any guaranty for allotment in the course later. This is just for the progamme office to take decision whether to open new section of course or not.
On left side below Instructions the windows for selected course and selected courses as preference are displayed. Window for selected courses shows final selected courses in the Course Registration, if any course is missing here, please select it immediately and if any course which is taken mistakenly, please drop the course. These courses will be displayed in Offered courses window.
To drop a course, in the window there is + button, click it and click Drop Couse button. Please be sure before dropping a course. Because once you drop the course, you may not be able to choose the same again, when you drop course the seat will open for other students and a student can take it immediately once you drop the course.
Below the Course Preference window the schedule window will appear. You must verify the schedule of the chosen courses.
After the Schedule window Registration Log window will appear. This window shows date and time of added / dropped courses.
This window will appear when you click the button on the top left corner of the Course Registration page. This window shows the course which are already completed or currenly studying. These courses will not be displayed in Offered courses window.