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CBCS Regulation For Undergraduate Programme

12- Mar -2013



CBCS Regulation for Undergraduate Programme

      These Regulations shall govern Undergraduate programmers under the Choice Based Credit System. These regulations shall come into force from Academic year 2011-2012.

Definitions:

1.         "Undergraduate programmes" mean Bachelor's degree programmes in the         Faculties of Science, Arts, Commerce, Education, Social Science, Law and Home Science (Where ever it is applicable to the concerned university.)

2.         "An academic year" consists of two semesters. Each semester will have 15-16 weeks

            for academic work equivalent to 90 days. The odd semesters may be     scheduled

            from July to November and even semester from December to April.

3.         "Programme" is used for a fixed educational programme in place of Degree. A

             normal undergraduate  programme shall be of six semester's duration.

4.         "Course" is a component of programme i.e. in the CBCS; papers will be referred to as courses. Each Course is identified by a unique course code. Every course is not of

            equal weight age. Each course, in addition of having a curriculum, will have learning   objectives and learning outcome.

            A Course may be designed to involve lectures/tutorials/laboratory work/field work/project work/vocational training/viva voce etc. or combination of some of these.

5.         "Credit" means the unit by which the course work is measured. It defines the   quantum of contents/syllabus prescribed for the course. It also determines the number of hours of instructions required per week. In these regulations, one credit means one hour of direct teaching work or two hours of practical work/field work per week for 15 weeks in a semester.

6.         "Grade letter" is an index to indicate the performance of a student in a particular

            course. It is arrived at by transformation of actual marks secured by a student in a said

            course. Grade letters are O, A, B, C, D, E, F.

7.         "Grade Point" is the weight age allotted to each grade letter depending on the range

            of marks awarded in a course.

8.         "Credit Points" refer to the product of "No, of credits assigned to the course" and the

            grade point secured for the same course.

9.         "Semester Grade Point Average"(SGPA) is an index of a student’s performance in a

            given semester. It is the ratio of the "total credit points   earned by the students in all

            the courses at the semester" and the "total number of credits assigned to the courses"

            in the semester.

10.       "Cumulative grade point Average" (CGPA) refers to the cumulative grade point

            average of SGPA and is computed based on the following formula.

           

                              CGPA=Sum of all Credit points of the entire programme  

                                           Sum of Credits up to the end of the programme       

11.       "Fee" means the fee prescribed by the University for the Undergraduate     

            Programme.The tuition fee and the examination fee of a semester will be in

           accordance with the number of credits a candidate has registered for in that semester.

Salient Features of Choice Based Credit System:

1.      All Undergraduate departments in the Universities/Affiliated Colleges shall offer undergraduate programmes in faculties of Arts, Commerce, Science, Education, Home Science, Law and Social Sciences from the Academic year 2011-12.

2.      A student will have to get enrolled at an Affiliated College for a Core course depending upon his/her requirement of a degree in the said discipline of study.

3.      A student will have a choice of selecting an Elective as well as Foundation courses from a pool of courses. She/he will have a choice of selecting such courses from the same department/faculty or the other department/faculty depending upon his/her interest, need, long term goals and also feasibility in terms of available expertise and infrastructure.

4.      The faculty/an Affiliated college may design and offer courses after the due consideration and approval by the university.

5.      Each course shall be assigned a specific number of Credits.

6.      A Core course is the course which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a Core requirement so as to get degree in a said discipline of study.

Two courses each of Core compulsory and Core Elective shall be offered to each student in every semester.

The Credit weight age for Core course shall be of Three (03) Credits. 

7.      In addition to the Core courses, a student will have to choose Elective as well as Foundation courses from a pool of courses.

Two courses of Elective, one each from Generic Elective and Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary/Subject centric electives shall have to be offered. The Credit weight age for Elective course shall be of Two (02) Credits.

Two courses of Foundation, one each from Compulsory Foundation and Elective Foundation shall have to be offered. The Credit weight age for Foundation course shall be of Two (02) Credits.

Undergraduate Course Structure:

1.      Undergraduate programmes offered in the CBCS will be of Six semester duration. The General (G) level programme will be of 120 Credits distributed equally among the six semesters. The Advanced (A) level programme (Honors) shall be of 144 Credits distributed  equally among the six semesters. A Special (S) level BS programme of eight semester duration will be considered for implementation at a later stage.

2.      Each Academic year shall consist of two semesters, each of 15 weeks of teaching equivalent to 90 working days. The Odd semester period shall be from July to November and the Even semester period shall be from December to April.

3.      There shall be following three categories of courses in Undergraduate programme.

A)    Core Course:

A course which shall compulsorily be studied by a candidate to complete the requirement for Degree in a said programme of study.

Core Compulsory is a course which has to be studied compulsorily as a part of Core requirement so as to get degree in a said discipline of study.

Core Elective or Core Allied is a course that supports/strengthens the Core Compulsory.

B)    Elective Course:

It is a course which can be chosen from the pool of courses. The course may be specific/specialized/supportive or advanced to the discipline of study. They may be nurturing candidate’s skill as well as proficiency. 

Generic Elective courses add generic proficiency to the students and they are for the said discipline of study.

Open Elective courses are from the pool of courses that are Interdisciplinary and/or Multidisciplinary.

C)    Foundation Course:

It is a course that aims to improve proficiency and skill of the students.

Compulsory Foundation courses add generic proficiency to the students belonging to all disciplines of study.

Elective Foundation courses are Value based and aimed at Man making Education.

4.      All of the above courses may be designed so as to include Field work/Project work/Laboratory work/Entrepreneurship/Internship/Vocational training etc depending upon the course requirement. The credit distribution may be done keeping in mind the weight age of the required skill in the said discipline of study.

5.      In addition to the above three type of courses, more courses may be designed in future. They may be of following types:

A. Self Study Courses

The courses that enables students to learn on their own.

             B. Add on Courses

The courses that allow students to earn more credits than minimum required for the said programme.These courses may enable the students to get equipped with advance skills and proficiency.  

 C.Advanced level Foundation courses

These are the courses that have special emphasis on proficiency in multiple languages as well as use of ICT in Knowledge Management. 

6.      Each course shall have a unique Course code. The Core courses, Elective courses and the Foundation courses shall be abbreviated respectively as C, E and F.

1. Core Compulsory                    CC

    Core Elective                           CE

2. Elective Generic                      EG

    Elective Open                          EO

3. Foundation Compulsory          FC

    Foundation Elective                 FE

The normal graduation programme shall have 20 credits/semester. The total number of credits for an G level undergraduate programme shall be 120.The weight age of Core, Elective and Foundation courses shall remain as follows:

 

Academic year

Semester

  Core

  Elective

Foundation

     1

     I & II

   60%

   20%

    20%

     2

    III & IV

   60%

   20%

    20%

     3

    V & VI

   60%

   20%

    20%

 

              A general framework for G level undergraduate programme shall be as follows:

 

     Semester

     I

      II   

    III

    IV

     V

   VI

Total

Credits

    20

     20

    20

   20

     20

    20

120

 

            The A level and S level programmes shall be considered for implementation at a later stage.

 Level

    I

   II

    III

   IV

   V

   VI

  VII

VIII

Total

    A

   24

   24

    24

   24

   24

   24

    -

     -

144

    S

   20

   20

    25

   25

   25

   25

    25

    25   

190

7.      Since every course is independent and Self-contained, some courses can be permitted to be registered by the students of other departments, enabling them Cross-border and Interdisciplinary mobility.

8.      A candidate has a provision to go with a slow pace by registering for a minimum of 12 credits in a semester. He/she may go with an accelerated pace by registering for a maximum of 23 credits in a semester.

9.       A candidate may avail a maximum of two blank semesters in one stretch. However he/she may have to pay a prescribed fee for maintaining a blank semester. If a candidate takes more than six semesters to complete the requirements of 120 credits, he/she will have to pay a prescribed fee for the credits registered during the spilled over semester.

10.  A candidate can avail four additional semesters for the completion of the stipulated 120 credit requirement for a programme. However in special cases, a candidate with the permission of the college/university can avail two more semesters. The duration may be extended by the universities in the second cycle of the CBCS implementation.

Attendance and Medium of Instruction:

      The Attendance Rules as well as the medium of Instruction shall be as per the norms of

      Concerned University.

 Evaluation Methods:

1.      A student shall be evaluated through Comprehensive Continuous Assessment (CCA) as well as the End of Semester examination. The weight age of CCA shall be 30%, where as the weight age of the Semester end examination shall be 70%.

2.      The In Semester assessment (CCA) is spread through the duration of the course and is to be done by the Teacher teaching the course. The assessment is to be done by various means including:

          -Written Tests

          -MCQ based quiz

          -Presentations/Seminars

          -Project work/Field work

          -Group discussions/Group activities.

The End of Semester examination shall have an assessment based upon following perspective with respect to all the courses:

           -Evaluation with respect to Knowledge

           -Evaluation with respect to Understanding

           -Evaluation with respect to Skill

           -Evaluation with respect to Application

           -Higher Order Thinking Skills.

With respect to all the above components, there will be following four types of Questions from each unit of the course.

1.      MCQ

2.      Short Questions

3.      Long answer questions

4.      Very long answer questions

       The questions may largely be from the questions from the question bank for the each

       Course.

       The Schedule of the In Semester examination (Internal Evaluation) and the End of

       Semester examination (External Evaluation) shall be as follows. The End of Semester

       Examination will be conducted by the University.

       It will be compulsory for a candidate to obtain passing percentage in both Internal as

       well as External Evaluation. The passing marks for each course shall be 40%, or as decided

       by the University.

 

Component

Units Covered

  Weight age

Period of Assessment

           I

        1 & 2

       15%

To be consolidated by 8th week

          II

        3 &  4

       15%

To be consolidated by 15th week

         III

   Entire Course

       70%

To be consolidated by 18th to 20th week

       Final Grade should be announced by 24th week.

       The candidate will never be said to have failed in a Course if he/she is unsuccessful

       in completing the course by the end of the semester. He/she is said to have Dropped

       the course.

       The details of any Dropped paper will not appear in the Grade Card

Promotion, Re-Admission and Time for Completion of Course:

1.      A candidate who has undergone a regular course of study in Semester I, fulfill the required criteria of attendance and has secured marks equal to passing standard both in Internal and External Examination shall be eligible for promotion to Semester II. He/she will have to earn a minimum of 12 Credits in Semester I.

2.      A candidate who has successfully completed all the courses of Semester I, but not all the courses of Semester II shall be eligible for promotion to Semester III. He/she will be required to complete all courses of Semester II before migrating to Semester IV

3.      A candidate who has undergone a regular course of study in Semester III, fulfill the required criteria of attendance and has secured marks equal to passing standard both in Internal and External Examination and having earned a minimum of 12 Credits  shall be eligible for promotion to Semester IV.

4.      A candidate who has successfully completed all the courses of Semester I and II but not all the courses of Semester III shall be eligible for promotion to Semester IV. He/she will be required to complete all courses of Semester III before migrating to Semester V

5.      The same rules shall be applied for promotion from Semester IV to V and from V to VI respectively.

6.      A candidate will be allowed two blank semesters continuously in case he/she may have to leave his/her study halfway due to unforeseen circumstances. However he/she may have to pay the prescribed registration fee as per the College/University norms for such semesters.

7.      A candidate shall have maximum of 10 semesters (five academic years) for completion of a said programme in case he/she wishes to go at a slower pace by registering a minimum of 12 credits per semester. However he/she will have to pay the prescribed registration fee for each of the semester in addition to the course fee for the courses he/she avails during each semester.

8.      A candidate shall have a choice of going at fast pace by registering for 23 credits per semester.

9.      The minimum and maximum number of credits may increase provided a candidate opts for Add on courses.

10.  The tentative/provisional grade shall be issued at the end of every semester indicating the courses completed successfully. The final Grade Card may be issued by the Registrar of the concerned university after a candidate has successfully completed all the courses of the said programme.

Procedure for Awarding Grades:

A Normalization Committee shall be set up for every course. The committee will comprise of Head of the Department, One senior Faculty member from the same department and the concerned Course teacher.

The committee shall decide:

1. The Lower cut off to draw boundary between unsuccessful and successful candidates. This

     will be based upon analysis and logical thinking.

2. The Lower end of Grade and the Higher end of Grade that is thought to be appropriate for

     grading of students in a scale of 10 from 4 to 10.

Based upon above, the committee will calculate an Intermediate Score called U (Unit Score Value) which is spread between 0 and 1.

U= {M-Min (M)}/ {Max (M)-Min (M)}

Where M is the score of candidate for the said course, Min (M) is the minimum score in the class for the said course and Max (M) is the maximum score in the class for the said course, after eliminating the scores of unsuccessful candidates.

The Normalized Percentage value is the calculated as follows:

P= {(B-A) x U} +A

Where A is the marks corresponding to the Lower limit of the Lower end of the grade decided to be awarded and B is the marks corresponding to the Upper limit of the Higher end of the grade decided to be awarded.

If Normalization committee decides to grade all successful candidates from 5 to 10 in a scale of 10, then A is equal to 40 and B is equal to 99. This can be explained on the basis of following table.

 

Grade Point

Lower limit (A)

Upper limit (B)

Range for P

Grade

4

30

39

30>=P<40

Dropped

5

40

49

40>=P<50

E

6

50

59

50>=P<60

D

7

60

69

60>=P<70

C

8

70

79

70>=P<80

B

9

80

89

80>=P<90

A

10

90

99

90>=P<100

O

The Semester end Grade point average (SGPA) and the Course end Cumulative Grade point average (CGPA) are computed as follows.

The Grade Point in a said course may be calculated by using the formula

GP= CVxG, where CV is the Credit Value of the said course and G is the Grade awarded to a candidate in the said course.

The SGPA may be calculated as follows:

SGPA = Sum of all GPs in the said Semester/ Sum of Credits in the said semester

The CGPA may be calculated as follows:

CGPA= Sum of all GPs in all the Semesters/ Credits for the said Programme

The CGPA may be expressed to an accuracy of three decimal digits.

The Percentage equivalence may be obtained by multiplying CGPA by 10.

Provision for Appeal:

There shall be a provision for Appeal for a candidate who may be dissatisfied with the Grade he/she has been awarded. He/she can approach the Grievance Cell with the written submission. The appeal may be made for In Semester examination as well as the End of Semester examination. The Grievance Cell is empowered to revise the grades if the case is genuine and is also empowered to penalize the candidate if his/her submission is found to be baseless and unduly motivated. The Grievance Cell may be set up as per the norms of the University/ Institution