Varsity council okays choice based credit system

The system may be started from this year, if it gets Chancellor's nod
Last Updated 06 July 2010, 16:28 IST

The meeting was chaired by Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankara Murthy.

He said as per the regulation, each course in a programme will carry certain number of credits, which represents the weightage of a course.

Accordingly, a two years or four semester post graduate degree programmes will have 22 to 26 credits per semester and a total of 100 credits for post-graduate degree programme. One choice based course of four credits will be offered in the third semester of the programme within the faculty or across the faculty.

The regulation will be sent to Chancellor for the approval. “If we get the approval soon, it may be started this year itself,” he added.

The  Council also approved the revised syllabus for the choice based credit system.

14 new colleges

The Vice-Chancellor said 14 new degree colleges will be started during the academic year. Of which, PG courses will be started in four colleges.

MCom will be started at the University College in Mangalore from this academic year. Though the College had proposed to start other PG courses, owing to the non-availability of the space, other PG courses will not be started in this academic year.

BA(HRD) and BA with combinations like history, sociology and data processing will be started at Mangalore University’s constituent college at Madikeri.

The Madikeri College had received a grant of Rs 80 lakh from the UGC. The funds will be utilised for extending library and providing other infrastructures like classrooms.

Evaluation system

Prof Murthy said the new evaluation system adopted by the Mangalore University to evaluate answer scripts of under graduate and post graduate examinations has succeeded in providing results to the candidates within a very short period.

In fact, the evaluation of several courses have been completed within a week. Under the new system, the university has replaced the ‘A’ forms with OMR sheets with bar codes. It has done away with the system of tabulators transferring the marks from the ‘A’ forms to a register.

Earlier, evaluators had to enter the marks and corresponding roll numbers of students in ‘A’ forms. The tabulators had to transfer those details to the university ledger. Under the new system of evaluation, the evaluators would enter the marks in the bar coded OMR sheets. Marks and other data in the OMR sheets would be directly recorded in computer stored ledger sheets.

Marks card would be generated from these sheets instantly, he added. This will avoid any malpractice.

All the undergraduate and postgraduate results will be announced by July 25. The revaluation results of BBM and BCA will be put up in the website on Tuesday evening itself. The VC said as there is a demand for BCom, those government and other affiliated colleges who seek additional batches will be considered.

All the degree colleges will reopen on July 8. The Council also approved the regulations governing two years masters degree programme in Business Administration (International Business), which has been started at University College. This programme will not come under choice based credit semester scheme as the programme is a evening course meant for the employed personnel.

The syllabus for the bachelor of Visual Arts was also approved in the Council.

No hike in fee

Stating that there will be no hike in the fee for the course, Prof Murthy said apart from the annual 10 per cent hike, there will be no hike in fee structure.

One prospectus for all courses

The VC said that the university will not print different prospectus for different courses. Instead, there will be one prospectus with all the details on the PG courses. Earlier, if a student wanted to apply for two to three PG courses, then he had to collect prospectus along with the application form for each course, which was costly. With one prospectus, the student have to pay for only the applications of different courses.

A committee has been constituted for preparing the prospectus. The draft has been prepared, which will be finalised within a week, he added.

(Published 06 July 2010, 16:28 IST)

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