Mangalore varsity begins choice based credit system

Mangalore varsity begins choice based credit system

21 colleges offering PG courses will have the system, says VC 

Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof T C Shivshankarmurthy speaking at the                             Academic Council meet held at Mangalore University on Thursday. DH Photo

Addressing the Academic Council meet on Thursday, Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof T C Shivshankarmurthy said that only three year PG course of MCA has been kept outside the bracket of this system.

“Though there was a plan to start the system from next academic year, the Government gave its nod on Wednesday following, which the meeting of heads of all the PG colleges affiliated to the University was convened and decision was taken to introduce the system from the current academic year itself. With this, 21 colleges offering PG courses will have the system in place,” said the VC adding that with this new system, the students following a particular discipline will have the freedom to choose an inter-disciplinary subject, based on his/her interest.

According to the system each course in a programme shall carry certain number of credits, which normally represents the weightage of a course. In proposed programme, the credits shall be based on the number of instructional hours per week, generally one credit per hour of instruction in theory and one credit for two hours of practical or project work or internship per week. Based on this, a two year or four semester post graduate degree programme will have 22 to 26 credits per semester and a total of 100 credits per post graduate degree programme.

One choice based course of four credits shall be offered in the third semester of the programme within the faculty or across the faculty. The choice is mandatory.

The declaration of result is based on the grade point average (GPA) earned towards the end of each semester  and the cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) earned towards the end of the programme with corresponding alpha-sign grade. The system has been in place in Mysore University from 2008. Apart this, Kuvempu University too has the system.

Results

Expressing his happiness over the successful and on time declaration of results, the VC said that the BA, BSc and BEd results were announced on June 15, while LLB, BSW and BCA results were out on Thursday. On Friday, B.Com (all semester) results will be out followed by BBM final year results on June 20. “With the results being announced on time, the University re-opened the degree courses on June 13 this year, which is otherwise started much later,” said the VC.

Vacancies

The VC said that there are 70 vacant posts in the university for teaching staff and on the permission from the Government recruitment will be done as per new guidelines of UGC. Likewise, there is vacancy for 45 non teaching staff as well. The non teaching staff posts will be outsoruced, he said.

A college faculty urged the University to permit additional intake of students for BBM and B.Com courses, considering the demand. Responding to the same, the VC said that the colleges can admit 10 per cent more than the stipulated intake but for more than 10 per cent the university will send a committee to ascertain the infrastructure and teaching capacities in the colleges. The colleges should not go ahead with admitting additional students till then.

New courses

Mangalore University will start a new course in Tourism and travel management in BA course and Diploma course in Animation and Visual affects in F M Cariappa College, Madikeri.

It will also start MSc Chemistry in University College, said the VC.  The Council also approved opening of PG Department of studies and Research in Hindi at the University.

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