Academic Council approves guidelines for ranks

Academic Council approves guidelines for ranks

With the Mangalore University set to introduce choice-based credit system (CBCS) for undergraduate courses from the academic year 2019-20, the Academic Council has approved a set of guidelines for declaration of ranks under new pattern of examinations.

The Academic Council meeting was held under the chairmanship of In-charge Vice Chancellor Prof Ishwara P here, on Friday.

After the introduction of the CBCS, the marks card will not have any marks but will have grades for each subjects. The Deans of all the faculties have framed guidelines for the declaration of ranks, said Registrar Prof A M Khan.

He said the number of ranks to be declared shall be 1% of the total number of candidates appearing for any final semester examination, subject to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 10 ranks.

“Only those candidates who obtain A grade and above are eligible for ranks.”

Khan said, “If more than one candidate obtain the same CGPA, then the number of candidates securing higher marks among them will be ranked higher. If more than one candidate obtain same CGPA, and same marks, all of them will be eligible for same ranking. Ranks will be awarded only to those who pass their examinations in the first attempt. Ranks will not be declared for courses conducted by the autonomous college.”

The CBCS will enable students to study inter-disciplicary subjects, along with their core subjects. The syllabus under the CBCS in Arts, Science, Commerce were also approved, he said

The CBCS will have concepts like hard core, soft core, fundamentals and languages in UG programme.  From first to third semester, a student will have core electives. In the fourth semester, the student will have open elective (wherein a student from BA can take an elective from BCom or BSc and vice versa). Further, they can also go for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and get credits, Khan added.

The Registrar said that uniformity in question paper patterns will be followed in each faculty of Arts, Science and Commerce.

The question papers will have Part A (with long answer questions), Part B (short answer) and Part C (multiple choices or one word answers). Uniformity in language textbooks have also been introduced in each faculty under the CBCS, he added.

The Registrar said that the syllabus for introducing Philosophy and Yogic Science as an option in the undergraduate courses has also been prepared.

Accordingly, the College may provide new combination of Physics, Mathematics, Philosophy or Yogic Science or Geography as well.

The Academic Council also approved massive open online courses in MSc Food Science and Nutrition, BSc Food Science and Nutrition, MSc Food Science and Technology, BSc Food science and Technology, MSc Biotechnology, BSc Biotechnology (optional), MBA and also in UG and PG courses in Travel and Tourism Management, Hospitality Management.

The Academic Council also approved regulations governing the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, framed under Section 44 of the KSU Act 2000.