The main feature of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) is to make undergraduate courses/studies student centric rather than system centric or teacher centric. For achieving these objectives, the CBCS strives to create a holistic syllabus. Thus in addition to dedicated focus on a discipline through core papers in general curriculum, elective papers have been added that will give students the freedom to choose the allied/applied/broad areas of their discipline and also the areas of other disciplines of their interest. Further in keeping with the vision of the Government, special emphasis has been given to ability enhancement and skill development of students through elective courses under these domains which every student is required to study. However, in keeping with the spirit of CBCS also, the students will have complete freedom to choose these courses from a pool suggested by the University.
The CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses comprising Core, Elective and Skill Based Courses. The courses shall be evaluated following a grading system. This will benefit the students to move across institutions both within India and across countries. The guidelines have been prescribed in order to bring uniformity in evaluation system and computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) based on student’s performance in examination.
Outlines of Choice Based Credit System:
1. A course, which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a core requirement is termed as a Core Course or a Discipline Specific Course (DSC). Number of Core Papers for a General Programme in Science (B.Sc.) shall be 12. General Programme in Arts (B.A) & Commerce (B.Com) shall have 8 Core Papers each. Besides, there will be 2 Papers each of General English and MIL to be studied by all the students of General Programme in Arts and Commerce as Compulsory Courses. The curriculum designed for courses under this category shall aim to cover the basics that a student is expected to imbibe in that particular discipline.
2. Elective Course: Generally a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses and which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/ subject of study or which provides an extended scope or which enables an exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain or nurtures the candidate’s proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.
3. Enhancement Courses (AECs): The Ability Enhancement (AE) Courses may be of two kinds:
Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECCs) and Skill Enhancement Courses (SECs). “AECC” Courses are the courses based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement like:
a. Environmental Studies and
b. Communicative English.
These are mandatory for all disciplines. SECs are value-based and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc.
3.1 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC): Environmental Studies &Communicative English.
3.2 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) (4 for Regular Courses): These courses shall be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based knowledge and shall contain both theory and lab/hands-on/training/field work. The main purpose of these courses is to provide students life-skills in hands-on mode so as to increase employability. The list provided under this category are suggestive in nature and the respective Boards of Under-graduate Studies shall have complete freedom to suggest their own papers under this category based on the availability of expertise, specialization, requirements, scope and need.
4. Practicals /Tutorials (One each with every Core and Discipline Specific / Generic Elective Course).
5. An undergraduate degree in Science disciplines shall be awarded if a student completes 4 core papers each in three disciplines of choice, 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), minimum 4 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) and 2 papers each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective papers based on three disciplines of choice selected above, respectively.
6. An Undergraduate degree in Humanities/ Social Sciences/ Commerce shall be awarded if a student completes 4 core papers each in two disciplines of choice, 2 core papers each in English and MIL, respectively, 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), minimum 4 Skill Enhancement Courses (SECs), 2 papers each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective papers based on the two disciplines of choice selected above, respectively, and two papers from the list of Generic Electives.
1. Each Semester shall be of about six months duration including the Admission Process, Classification, Conduct of Examinations and the Preparation of Results with a provision of Teaching-Learning Activity of at least 16 Weeks as reflected in the Academic Calendar: