REGULATIONS GOVERNING CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM FOR BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN THE FACULTIES OF ARTS, SCIENCE AND COMMERCE
(Framed under Section 44 (1) (c) of the KSU Act 2000)
The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has directed all Universities in the country to implement the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS, Semester Scheme) in both the under graduate and post-graduate programmes and has been issuing a series of guidelines with regard to this. The Choice Based Credit System enables the degrees of Mangalore University to be on par with the global standards. Given the present trend of globalisation, it is all but fitting that Mangalore University should adopt the CBCS so that the acceptability of the programmes and degrees offered by the University becomes comparable and readily acceptable. The University considered the feasibility of CBCS at several levels and through the meeting of several of its statutory bodies. After due consideration, thus, the following Regulations were drawn up.
The Salient Features of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) (Semester Scheme):
Each course in a programme shall carry certain number of credits, which normally represent the weightage of a course and are a function of teaching, learning and evaluation strategies such as number of contact hours, the course content, teaching methodology, learning expectations, etc. In the proposed programmes, in general, 2 hours of instructions per week in a semester is assigned one credit. In terms of evaluation, one credit is equivalent to 50 marks in a semester. On the basis of these parameters, a three year degree programme will have a maximum of 100 or 104 credits.
The other features of the CBCS (Semester Scheme) are -
- The ‘Degree Course’ is to be replaced by ‘Degree Programme’ and the term ‘Subject/Paper’ is to be replaced by ‘Course’.
- The Under Graduate degree programmes are structured on Credit Based Semester Scheme.
- The relative importance of courses of study and activities are quantified in terms of Credits. Total credit of the programme is in the range of 100-104.
- Each programme of study will have “Core courses”, “Electives” (of Group II & Group III), “Foundation” courses and “Extra and Co-curricular Activities”.
The Core courses will consist of compulsory/optional courses which are compulsorily studied by a student in all six semesters, whereas Elective and Foundation courses are opted in I to IV Semesters.
Elective courses are :
- Supportive to the discipline of study.
- Providing an expanded scope.
- Enabling an exposure to some other discipline/domain.
- Nurturing students proficiency/skill.
The student shall opt any one of the elective courses (a to d) in each semester.
The Foundation course will consist of compulsory foundation and elective foundation. Two languages are compulsory foundation, whereas i) Constitution of India, ii) Human Rights, iii) Gender and Equity, iv) Environmental Studies are elective foundation courses which shall be studied in any of I-IV semester by opting one in each semester (I to IV).The declaration of result is based on the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) earned towards the end of each semester and the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) earned towards the end of the programme with corresponding alpha sign grade. However, Grade card will also consist of marks. Hence it will be called as Marks cum Grade card.