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Anna University – Coimbatore to introduce choice-based credit system

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To be implemented in a phased manner in all autonomous institutions

TIRUCHENGODE: Anna University-Coimbatore will introduce choice-based credit system from the next academic year, Vice Chancellor R. Radhakrishnan has said.

Addressing journalists on the sidelines of a meeting held at the K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology here recently, he said, “Hitherto the University had only credit system. From the next academic year 2009-10 it will introduce choice-based credit system (CBCS).”

He added that the University will, however, not implement the CBCS for all its colleges.

“We would like to go in a phased manner. So, we will start with by first introducing CBCS in all the autonomous institutions.”

Dr. Radhakrishnan further said that each of the autonomous institutions will float courses, to attend which the students have to go to the college concerned.

The colleges will conduct the courses on weekends.

“The courses the colleges float will be in their chosen area of specialisation. Say for example this college [K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology] can offer a paper on nano sciences, since it has got the expertise, and likewise Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, can float a paper on biotechnology or textile technology.”

The University’s first Vice Chancellor also said that the colleges and university were working on the modalities for such an arrangement.

“At present we intend to offer CBCS electives only for students of semesters five, six, seven and eight.”

Dr. Radhakrishnan also spoke about the University’s intention to set up a Nano Science Centre.

“The University will send a Rs. 15 crore proposal to the Department of Science and Technology for establishing a Nano Science Centre with research facility.”

“This,” the Vice Chancellor added, “will be in addition to the five other centres of excellence in ‘Clean Water Technology,’ ‘Renewable Energy,’ ‘Intellectual Property Rights,’ ‘E-waste Management,’ and ‘Climate Change.’”

The Vice Chancellor also said that the University, from the next academic year, will introduce online examination, establish virtual private network with all colleges and in addition introduce new measures to improve quality of education.

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