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Varsity to soon introduce choice-based credit system

Raviprasad Kamila

Revised draft has been sent to the government, says the Vice-Chancellor


Such subjects can be taken in third semester

Students can take

inter-disciplinary

subjects


MANGALORE: Mangalore University has re-revised the draft of regulations on the proposed choice-based credit semester scheme for postgraduate courses. The draft sent to the government about a fortnight ago is pending approval from the State government.

Vice-Chancellor T.C. Shivashankara Murthy told The Hindu on Sunday that he was hopeful that the government would approve it in a month thus paving the way for introducing the scheme from the academic year 2011-12.

Prof. Murthy said in reality the postgraduate students would have to study the choice-based subjects in their third semester of the four-semester courses. Once the government approved the draft regulations, the university would notify them. Even if it took a month for getting the approval, the university could still introduce it for the new batches of 2011-12 when the classes commence after June.

He said the university would have one year to brace up for teaching choice-based subjects as students could opt for inter-disciplinary subjects only in their third semester.

But the credits would be counted from the first semester of the course.

Scheme

Under the scheme, there would be a set of different subjects from different streams with simple syllabi. Students would be allowed to choose a subject of their choice as the inter-disciplinary subject from the set.

The Governor, who is the Chancellor of the university, approved the draft regulations governing the scheme on August 26, 2009.

The draft had been prepared when K.M. Kaveriappa was the Vice-Chancellor. Following this, on January 19, 2010, the university issued a notification for implementation of the scheme from the academic year 2010-11.

But the Academic Council of the university in its March 10, 2010, meeting decided to “defer” the scheme for 2010-11 as the council members suggested that Mr. Shivashankara Murthy re-consider the university's decision. They said there were some “grey areas” in the scheme. Following this, the university had sent the revised (second draft) draft to the government for approval.

Later, the government asked the university to incorporate a clause of repealing the notification issued in January 2010 in the revised draft.

After incorporating it, the university took the approval of the Academic Council of the university in its special meeting on April 30. It was sent to the government a fortnight ago.

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