About CBCS.




CHOICE-BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS): CBCS is a flexible system of learning that focuses from teacher centric to student centric education and permits students to
1. Choose electives from a wide range of elective courses offered by the colleges, FOR
2. Adopt an inter-disciplinary approach in learning, and
3. Make best use of the expertise of available faculty.
PROGRAMME : ‘Programme’ means a course of study and examination leading to the award of a degree in a discipline . These Regulations shall apply to the following programmes: B.A, B.A English ( Honours), B.Sc , B.Sc(Home Science), B.C.A, B.Com, B.Com(Honours) and BBA.
COURSE: ‘Course’ refers to a ‘paper’ which is a component of a programme. All courses need not carry the same weightage. The courses define the learning objectives and learning outcomes. A course may be designed to comprise lectures / tutorials/laboratory work/field work/outreach activities/project work/vocational training/map work etc. or a combination of some of these. In the context of Under-Graduate programmes “L: stands for Lecture sessions; “T”: stands for Tutorial sessions consisting of participatory discussion/ desk work/ brief seminar presentation by students and such other novel methods; and “P”: stands for Practice sessions and it consists of hands-on experience/ laboratory experiments, field studies/ case studies that equip students to acquire the required skill component.

Structure & Regulations.

The CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses comprising core, elective or skill based courses.
33.1 Core Course: A course, which needs to be compulsorily studied by a candidate as a core requirement is termed as a Core course.
33.2 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.
33.2.1 Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Course: Elective courses may be offered by the main discipline/subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective. The University/Institute may also offer discipline related Elective courses of interdisciplinary nature (to be offered by main discipline/subject of study).
33.2.2 Project Work/Dissertation: An elective course designed to acquire special/advanced knowledge, such as supplement study/support study to a project work, and a candidate studies such a course on his own with an advisory support by a teacher/faculty member is called dissertation/project.
33.2.3 Generic Elective (GE) Course: An elective course chosen generally from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure is called a Generic Elective.
33.3 Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC)/Competency Improvement Courses/Skill Development Courses(SEC)/Foundation Course: The Ability Enhancement (AE) Courses may be of two kinds: AE Compulsory Course (AECC) and AE Elective Course (AEEC)/Skill Enhancement Course(SEC). “AECC” courses are the courses based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement. They include ((i) Environmental Science, (ii) English/MIL Communication). These are mandatory for all disciplines. AEEC courses are value-based and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc.
33.3.1 AE Compulsory Course (AECC): Environmental Science, English Communication/MIL Communication
30.3.2 AE Elective Course (AEEC)/SEC: These courses may be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based instruction.
33.4 Project work/Dissertation is considered as a special course involving application of knowledge in solving / analyzing /exploring a real life situation / difficult problem. A Project/Dissertation work would be of 2/4 credits. A Project/Dissertation work may be given in lieu of a discipline specific elective paper.
Note: List of some Discipline Specific Courses and Skill Enhancement Courses Proposed by UGC are given in Annexure III, syllabi for which is to be framed by concerned BOS.

Credit Distributions.

Credit Distrubtion: Courses having theory and practicals may incorporate 4 credits for theory paper and 2 credits for practicals ( In case total credits are 6) and 2 credits for theory paper and 2 credits for practicals (In case total credits are 4) while courses having only practicals may have 2/4 credits as per the course requirement. Purely theory courses may incorporate 4 credits for theory and 2 credits for tutorials. NOTE: Illustration of Programme Structure are in Annexure IA-IC)
Nomenclature of courses shall be done in such a way that the course code shall consist of eight characters:
 The first character “U” stands for Under Graduate
 Next two characters will denote the course code
 Next character will signify the nature of the course(T for Theory, P for practical, D for project, U for tutorial)
 The succeeding character will denote whether the course is Core(C), Elective(E) or Skill/Ability Enhancement(S)
 The next character will denote the semester number
 Last two characters will denote the paper number
Illustration of Nomenclature of Courses USTTC101 means
U Under Graduate
ST Statistics
T Theory
C Core
1 Semester Number
01 Paper Number.

Determination of Grades.

52.1 Grading System: Absolute grading would be used where the marks obtained are converted to grades based on pre-determined class intervals. To implement the following grading system, the colleges /campuses shall use the following UGC recommended 10-point grading system :
Table 1:Letter Grades and Grade Points Marks(%) Letter Grades Grade Points(G)
90-100 O(Outstanding) 10
80 to < 90 A+(Excellent) 9
70 to < 80 A(Very Good) 8
60 to < 70 B+(Good) 7
50 to < 60 B(Above Average) 6
40 to < 50 C(Average) 5
36 to < 40 D(Pass) 4
0 to < 36 F(Fail) 0
AB(Absent) 0
(i) A student obtaining Grade F shall be considered failed and will be required to reappear in the examination as per existing rules of the university under Semester System for Under Graduate Courses.
(ii) Grade(D) or percentage of marks ( 36%) is required to pass in a course, SGPA of 4 to qualify a semester and a minimum CGPA of 4 to qualify for a UG degree.
52.2. Computation of SGPA and CGPA
The following procedure shall be used to compute the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA):
( i) The SGPA is the ratio of sum of the product of the number of credits with the grade points scored by a student in all the courses taken by a student and the sum of the number of credits of all the courses undergone by a student, i.e SGPA (Si) = Σ(Ci x Gi) / ΣCi ,where Ci is the number of credits of the ith course and Gi is the grade point scored by the student in the ith course.
(ii) The CGPA is also calculated in the same manner taking into account all the courses undergone by a student over all the semesters of a programme, i.e. CGPA = Σ(Ci x Si) / Σ Ci where Si is the SGPA of the ith semester and Ci is the total number of credits in that semester.
(iii) The SGPA and CGPA shall be rounded off to 2 decimal points and reported in the transcripts.

Academic Calender.

Admission to odd semesters --> 21sth June to 10thth July without late fee 11th July to 20th July with late fee
Class Work of odd semesters --> 3rd week of July to 31st October
Semester end examination of odd semesters --> 2nd week of November
Class work of even semesters --> 1st week of December to 31st of March
Semester end examination of even semesters --> 2nd week of April onwards
Supplementary examination of semester-V & VI --> November/April
Summer Break --> 1st June to 15 July(Summer Zone)
1st August to 10th August (Winter Zone)
Winter Break --> 25th Dec. to 4th Jan.(Summer Zone)
10th January to 28th Feb. (Winter Zone)
Holi Break --> 02 Days(preceeding Holi)
Diwali Break --> 03 Days(one day before and two days after Diwali)

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