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Greater flexibility in state-appointed panel’s choice-based credit system Greater flexibility in state-appointed panel’s choice-based credit system

Jan-14-2015 | 0 Comments

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MUMBAI: A state-appointed committee had recommended the choice-based credit system (CBCS) for all public universities in the state a few months before the University Grants Commission (UGC) came up with its latest guideline. The proposed model for universities in the state was more flexible than the one suggested by the UGC as it allowed students to opt for interdisciplinary subjects too.

The committee report suggested allotting 50% of the total credits to core subjects, 25% to applied core subjects, 20% to interdisciplinary subjects and 5% for foundation courses.

The committee had recommended that 120 credits should be allotted for undergraduate non-technical programmes and in post-graduate courses, 80 credits for non-sciences, non-technical programmes.

Colleges will focus on continuous evaluation of students by giving 25% weightage to the internal exams and 75% to the external. Performance should be evaluated on a seven-point grade scale, said the report. It also recommended workshops be conducted for stakeholders before launching it in the state.

The report also laid down a framework for credit-transfer between institutes to allow mobility of students from one institution or university to another. It stated that two types of transfers were possible: lateral or vertical, that is, same level of programme or higher level, respectively.

The proposed UGC guideline for CBCS is not as flexible. H Devaraj, UGC vice-chairman, said that the framework allows students to choose electives from the same discipline related to the core subject. In future, it will move on to a more flexible model, he said.

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