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Alagappa varsity introduces choice-based credit system

By C. Jaishankar

KARAIKUDI, OCT. 13. The Alagappa University, Karaikudi has introduced a Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) in all postgraduate programmes including Master of Business Administration, Master of Computer Application and Master of Science in the university departments on an experimental basis.

A student will register for a certain number of core courses, elective courses and interdisciplinary courses. Selection of inter-disciplinary courses of other programmes will enrich their knowledge base.

The Vice-Chancellor, P. Kanniappan, told The Hindu that the CBCS would enable the students to select the courses of their choice. The selection by themselves would `definitely' improve their efficiency, confidence and competency.

A compulsory course in computer applications was introduced.

Four days of compulsory village exposure programmes were also included in the syllabus to sensitise the students to the conditions of the rural India.

Dr. Kanniappan said advisors for each class would play mentors. They would identify the students' hidden talents and ensure that they participate in every stage of the learning process.

The students would be represented at the class, department and university levels too to ensure fulfilment of their requirements.

As the CBCS was based on the credit type of course structuring, students could get the benefit of mobility.

If any student discontinued the course, he could continue it whenever it was possible or even he could transfer the completed credits to another university, where he could complete the programme.

The university planned to extend the new system to all affiliated colleges from the next academic year.

A meeting of the principals and administrators of all affiliated colleges would be convened soon to discuss the CBCS system.

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