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INTRODUCTION

 

Highlighting the importance of autonomous colleges, the UGC document on the XI Plan profile of higher education in India clearly states that: The only safe and better way to improve the quality of undergraduate education is to the link most of the colleges from the affiliating structure. Colleges with academic and operative freedom are doing better and have more credibility. The financial support to such colleges boosts the concept of autonomy. It is proposed to increase the number of autonomous colleges to spread the culture of autonomy, and the target is to make 10 per cent of eligible colleges autonomous by the end of the XI Plan period.

 

Need for Autonomy

 

The affiliating system of colleges was originally designed when their number in a university was small. The university could then effectively oversee the working of the colleges, act as an examining body and award degrees on their behalf. The system has now become unwieldy and it is becoming increasingly difficult for a university to attend to the varied needs of individual colleges. The colleges do not have the freedom to modernize their curricula or make them locally relevant. The regulations of the university and its common system, governing all colleges alike, irrespective of their characteristic strengths, weaknesses and locations, have affected the academic development of individual colleges. Colleges that have the potential for offering programmes of a higher standard do not have the freedom to offer them. The 1964-66 Education Commission pointed out that the exercise of academic freedom by teachers is a crucial requirement for development of the

intellectual climate of our country. Unless such a climate  prevails, it is difficult to achieve excellence in our higher education system. With students, teachers and management being co-partners in raising the quality of higher education, it is imperative that they share a major responsibility. Hence, the Education Commission (1964-66) recommended college autonomy, which, in essence, is the instrument for promoting academic excellence.

 

OBJECTIVES

 

  The National Policy on Education (1986-92) formulated the followingobjectives for autonomous colleges. An autonomous college will have thefreedom to:

o determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi, andrestructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs; and

o prescribe rules for admission in consonance with the reservation policyof the state government;

o Evolve methods of assessment of students? performance, the conductof examinations and notification of results;

o Use modern tools of educational technology to achieve higherstandards and greater creativity; and

o Promote healthy practices such as community service, extensionactivities, projects for the benefit of the society at large, neighborhood

programmes, etc. 

 

 

 Choice Based Credit System

Guidelines and Regulations

To make education more effective and learner centric, restructurisation of curriculum becomes essential. As a positive step in this direction, it is decided to introduce the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the academic year 2003-04. Under this system, the academic programme becomes student-oriented, relevant, interdisciplinary and flexible. Apart from the core subjects offered by the departments, the student is at liberty to choose subjects of his/her choice offered by other departments also. Besides, the student has an opportunity to learn extra subjects, for which classes will be conducted outside the regular working hours and he/she can earn extra credit in addition to the mandatory credits required of him/her to qualify for the degree.

 General Objectives


General Objectives of Choice Based Credit System are as follows:
  1. To enlarge and enrich the curriculum and to makre education broadbased, i.e., more knowledge and skill oriented.

  2. To ensure flexibility in choosing intra and interdisciplinary subjects, according to the choice of the students.

  3. To enable the interested students to earn extra credits.

  4. To facilitate the students to learn at their own pace.



 Definitions and explanation of concepts/terms


Credit

The weight is assigned to each paper/subject, based on the quantum of work required of a students

Paper/Subject

It refers to a theory or practical subject offered in a semester Eg: Micro Economics, Business Law, Organic Chemistry

Course

It refers to the faculty under which the paper/subject is offered. Eg: B.A., B.Sc.

Major

It refers to the discipline of study offered under each course. Eg: Economics, Mathematics.

Major (Core)
(Distibuted over all semesters)

It is the subject which is essential for getting adequate knowledge in the chosen course/major of study.

Major (Optional)
(V Semester)

It is the subject offered by other Major Departments which can be chosen by a student irrespective of the major to which he/she belongs.

Allied (Core)
(I, II, & III Semesters)

It is the subject offered by a department other than the major department or by the same department, the study of which is supportive and relevant for the core subject, hence compulsory.

Allied (Optional)
(IV Semester)

It is the subject offered by a department other than the major department which may be studied by any student irrespective of the major to which he/she belongs.

Skill based Subject
(VI Semester)

It is the subject offered by the major department concerned consisting of theory and practical, to impart skills in the area indetified by the department.

Supportive
(P.G.)

It is the subject offered by a department other than the department concerned, the study of which is supportive and can be chosen by any student, irrespective of the department to which he/she belongs.





 Definitions and explanation of concepts/terms
 

         

Structure

Min Credits to be earned for M.B.E/M.Com

Min. Credits to be earned for M.Sc. Maths

Min. Credits to be earned for M.Sc. Comp. Sci.

Min. Credits to be earned for M.C.A.

Min. Credits to be earned for M.Com.(CA)

Min. Credits to earned for M.Sc. Physics.

I Semester
Core Theory 18.0 18.0 15.0 15.0 16.5 15.75
Practical - - 5.0 5.0 2.0 -
II Semester
Core Theory 16.5 18.0 15.0 15.0 16.5 15.75
Practical 1.0 - 5.0 5.0 2.0 6.00
III Semester
Core Theory 13.5 13.0 11.25 12.0 12.0 11.25
Practical - 2.0 4.5 5.0 2.0 -
Supportive 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Mini Project / Project - - - 2.5 2.0 -
IV Semester
Core Theory 13.5 18.0 - 15.0 12.0 14.25
Practical - - - 5.0 2.0 6.0
Supportive - - - - - -
Project 6.5 - 13.25 - 2.0 -
V Semester
Core Theory - - - 15.0 - -
Practical - - - 5.0 - -
Supportive - - - - - -
Mini Project - - - 2.5 - -
VI Semester
Project Report - - - 15.0 - -
Total 72.0 72.0 72.0 120.0 72.0 72.0



 Skill Based Subjects

Foreign Trade Documentation & Procedures (Economics)
Numeical Methods(Mathematics)
Television - Theory & servicing(Physics)
Texttile Processing, Dyeing & Printing (Chemistry)
Medicinal Botany (Botany)
Computer Graphics (Computer Science)
Tax laws & Practice (Commerce)
Development of Mangerial Skills(Management)
Translation - Theory & Practice (English)


 Extra Credit Subjects (For UG & PG)

To enable students to acquire extra credits, the following subjects are offered outside the regular working hours, (before 10 AM and after 4 P.M.) with 1 credit for each subject. The student can opt for anyone subject per semester from III semester onwards for UG as well as P.G.

Dietetics (Scientific study of Diet and Nutrition)
Beautician Course
Fine Arts (Music, Dancing, Rangoli, etc.)
Creative Writing
Painting
Screen Painting
Photography and Videography (Physics)
Hardware maintenance and Troubleshooting (Computer Science)
Interior Decoration
Network Maintenance & Administration (Computer Science)
Gardening & Mushroom culture (Botany)
Embroidery
Doll Making
Fashion and Costume Design
Servicing Radio Receivers (Physics)
Servicing TV Receivers
Object Oriented Programming in C++ (Computer Science)
Journalism
Mass Communication
Developing Oractorical Skills
Internet & Web Page Design (Computer Science)
Hardware and Maintenance


 Faculty Adivsor

To help the students to plan their optional papers of the study and to offer general advice on the academic programmes, a student will be assigned to a member of the faculty (Major Dept) who will function as "Faculty Advisor" throughout his/her period of study.

The Faculty Advisor will counsel students on matters relating to the choice of subjects, withdrawal, etc. The student will meet his/her Faculty Advisor atleast three times during the semester.


 Departmental Committee

Every major department will have a Departmental Committee consisting of

  • The HOD - Convenor

  • The Faculty Advisors of the Department

  • Student representative of each class


The departmental committee is to meet atleast thrice a semester to review all matters relevant to the academic programme. It is the responsibility of the HOD to keep the records, Viz., the Agenda, Notes, Minutes, Diary etc.

 Registration Procedure for Optional Subjects


Registration for the optional subjects should be done with the subject teacher in consultation with the Faculty Advisor.

Students are expected to register for subjects intended to be credited during the next semester on specified dates in the current semester and obtain the initials of the subject teacher on the registration card. For semester I, they will register at the beginning of the semester.

Students are permitted to withdraw from a subject for valid reasons after one week of its commencement, on the recommendation of the Faculty Advisor with the consent of the Head of the Department of the student.

Students may register, with approval of the subject teacher concerned, for another subject in lieu of the subject from which they have withdrawn, during the second week of the semester subject to the availability of vacancy.

 

 Ranking


Candidates who have secured 60% and above in aggregate and passed in first attempt in all papers are eligible for the award of Rank Certificate on payment of prescribed fee.

Marks Secured by way of improvement will not be taken into account for ranking purpose. Ranking will be given to the first three highest scores only.