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Welcome to the New Academic Year July 2013
Welcome to the Four Year Undergraduate Programme

  • University of Delhi opens with FOUNDATION COURSES in the classroom.
  • Over 1250 teachers have undertaken special training through orientation workshops at CPDHE.

* List of Bookshops where Foundation Course Books are available

The Foundation Courses are an integral and innovative part of the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme at the University of Delhi. They are designed to strengthen the knowledge base of the students in relation to the major challenges facing India. The curriculum encourages the learning and practical use of academic tools and sensitizes students to some of these problems. The study materials provided in these books are designed to serve as a platform for participative and interactive group projects and class presentations, through which it is expected that students will acquire pragmatic competence in the areas being addressed.

List of Foundation Courses

  • Language, Literature, and Creativity – I (Hindi / MIL / Sanskrit / Arabic / Persian /Punjabi / Urdu / Indian Literature)
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Life
  • Language, Literature, and Creativity –II (English)
  • Building Mathematical Ability
  • Indian History and Culture
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Management
  • Governance and Citizenship
  • Philosophy, Psychology, Communication and Life Skills
  • Geographic and Socio-Economic Diversity
  • Environment and Public Health

Extracts from Foundation Course Books


The origin of life is one of the greatest unanswered questions of humankind. When we talk about science and life then it becomes necessary to think about the origin of life. Discussions on the ‘origin of the universe, solar system and life’ should begin with the idea that we, as humans, are curious to know about our origin. Some of the questions that immediately come to mind are:

  • Where do we come from?
  • Where are we heading?
  • Are we alone in the universe?
  • Can there be alternate life forms?
  • What is life?
  • Is life an inevitable process?

The teacher could initiate a discussion in the class based on the above questions. It could also be given as a project.Activity 1.1

The debate on the origin of life is closely connected to the advancements in other fields such as the physical sciences, life science, chemical science, geology and astronomy. The idea of biological evolution put forward by Charles Darwin in the Origin of Species has led us to believe that all living beings have evolved from a common ancestor and there should have been the first living organism and a unique origin of life.


The learning material presented here is not to be perceived as rigid; it is rather dynamic and flexible enough to invite more tasks to be created and brought into and taken out of the classroom. Apart from trusting the intuition and experience of the individual student, the pedagogy includes the use of technology, audiovisual aids and a participative pedagogy. In addition to making the learner discover channels for creative expression from within, it is hoped that this course will equip the heterogeneous group of students with skills for communication and understanding. The book is broadly graded to accommodate different difficulty levels among the students. It is advised that this book be taught chronologically over the semester, starting with unit 1 and ending with unit 8.


There are times when we do not want others to be privy to our mails or messages. There are data that need to be kept as secret. For example your bank account number, your ATM pin, your credit card number and so on. Just think as to how much data a bank needs to store for its customer! And if each customer data has to be coded secretly what a huge work it would be. Do you think it could be a good idea to have a secret symbol for every alphabet as in the story Adventure of the dancing men? Why do you think Zimmermann used numbers in his telegram?


Generation of Resources
Do you think we can go on consuming resources thoughtlessly and avail of them endlessly? Certainly not. Th e generation of new resources or regeneration of existing resources is the only way to sustain life and enable mankind to consume resources to their benefit continually.
The creation or generation of resources can be taken up in various ways:

  • Enhancing the capability of existing resources
  • Unleashing the new and core capabilities of existing resources
  • Renewing the existing resources
  • Exploring alternative resources for the same usage


The guiding principle of the content creation for the course was to move from the ‘problem’ to the ‘solution’ so that the student is encouraged to think proactively. Each unit starts with some basic questions and activities, which help the learner to relate to IT in daily life and appreciate the importance of ICT skills. Several hands-on activities and projects have been integrated into the content so that learning is not through the traditional ‘chalk-and-talk’ method but through a self-learning mode where the teacher functions as a catalyst facilitating the holistic growth of the learner.
The course content is divided into five units to achieve the objectives and expected learning outcomes. Unit 1, titled ‘Information Technology (IT) and Society’, gives an overview of the basics of IT…

Foundation Courses 2013

S.No Course Title Publisher
1. Science and Life Universities Press
2. Information Technology Universities Press
3. Language, Literature, and Creativity-II (English) Orient Blackswan
4. Language, Literature, and Creativity – I (Hindi) Orient Blackswan
5. Business, Entrepreneurship and Management Pearson
6. Indian History and Culture Ratna Sagar
7. Building Mathematical Ability S. Chand