The School of Sciences started functioning in 1986, with the challenge of imparting good quality theoretical and practical education in the different science disciplines.
Accordingly, in December, 1991 launched the Bachelor of Science Programme - one of its kind in the country involving teaching of theory and laboratory courses in science through distance and open learning mode.
The programme was initially designed to offer a BSc (General) degree, but was subsequently upgraded so as to offer a BSc (Major) degree in Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. Therefore, the students of the BSc Programme have six options, a BSc (General) degree and five BSc (Major) degrees.
At present, along with these programmes, the School of Sciences also offers Doctoral programmes in Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Geology and Mathematics.
The School has also collaborated with the School of Social Sciences and School of Education in launching the Certificate Programme in Environmental Studies (CES) and the Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Development of Teachers (PGCPDT) respectively. Some of the other courses prepared by the School also form part of BPP, BA, B.Com, BCA, BIT, B Sc (Nursing), BTS and MCA programmes.
The functions of the School are to:
a) Plan, develop and offer academic programmes at the certificate, diploma, undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels.
b) Encourage research in discipline-based as well as systemic areas.
c) Collaborate in the development of programmes/courses offered by other Schools of the d) University.
e) Print course materials developed in the School.
f) Provide learner support using electronic media and ICT tools.
g) Participate in the development and monitoring of student support services.
h) Assess and validate teaching materials developed by other institutions in Commonwealth countries.
I) Provide consultancy to organisations and training to individuals, sponsored by national and international agencies.
j) Organise and participate in workshops, conferences and seminars sponsored by National and International agencies with a view to improve transaction of science curriculum.
Development of Self-Instructional Study Material
The School has developed 91 courses so far, of which 62 courses are on offer in the B.Sc. programme in both English and Hindi medium, 8 courses in PGDIPR, 8 Courses in PGDESD, 6 courses in DAQ, 4 courses in CPLT, 2 courses in CTPM and 1 course in Appreciation Course on Environment. The experimental component of B.Sc. and CPLT programmes is provided through innovatively designed laboratory courses.
This School comprises the disciplines of Bio Chemistry, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physica and Statistics. It offers the programmes detailed below.