Thursday, October 29, 2009

Semester system in Patna University

PATNA: In its bid to introduce semester system at under-graduate and post-graduate levels, Patna University (PU) has directed principals of colleges

and heads of post-graduate departments to submit by November 14 draft proposals for its implementation.

PU is likely to implement this new system from the next academic session (2010-11).

According to the modalities chalked out by the university, an academic year would be divided into two semesters. In each semester, 15 working weeks would be devoted to teaching while the remaining five weeks would be utilized for examination and evaluation purposes. Each course is to be designed variously under lectures, tutorials and practicals or field work, seminar, assignments, term paper and report writing to meet effective teaching and learning needs.

Examinations would be held at the end of each semester. A candidate who does not pass the examination in a course shall be permitted to appear at the subsequent examinations.

Syllabus for each paper would be divided into five units and questions would be set accordingly. Evaluation for each course shall be done by a continuous internal assessment (CIA) by the course teacher concerned as well as through as end-semester examination and will be consolidated at the end of the course.

CIA in each paper would consist of 30 marks (15 for tests, 5 for seminar/quiz, 5 for assignments, and 5 marks for regularity and behaviour). The passing minimum for CIA shall be 40% out of 30 marks.

In due course, the university would also implement choice-based credit system in some selected courses, PU pro-VC S I Ahson said and added these changes are being introduced in pursuance of UGC's directives.