Bharathidasan University intends to limit the options for skill-oriented courses it offers as electives under the Choice-Based-Credit-System (CBCS) from 41 to 10.
Reducing the number of skill-based electives under Choice Based Credit System from six to three for undergraduate students in view of the difficulties faced by the colleges in conducting the programmes was also under consideration, D. Thirugnanamoorthy, Syndicate Member, indicated at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs (SCAA) on Saturday.
A suggestion by the Principal of Chidambaram Pillai College K. Sekar that practical training in banks be made a component in B.Com programme in order to effectively equip students for bank jobs was appreciated by many members. Even as the Vice-Chancellor K. Meena, who chaired the meeting, welcomed the idea, S. Ramnath, Chairman, Board of Studies for Commerce, said that it could be implemented if the banks were willing.
Field work favoured
As in the case of Master of Social Work, Dr. Meena favoured field work and project in the final semester for making students job-ready, especially for programmes like M.Sc. Health Care and Hospital Administration and B.Sc. Fashion Technology and Apparel Designing.
Since substantial content is common for subjects like BCA, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Software Development and B.Sc. Information Technology, for common papers in these courses, the syllabi and examination papers could be made uniform with effect from 2010-11, the Vice-Chancellor advised the Boards of Studies.
When members broached the issue of ensuring equivalence with existing programmes before renaming them, after making slight modifications in content, and narrated the difficulties faced by graduates in securing employment at times when programmes with new nomenclature get unrecognised by the State Government, Dr. Meena said that new programmes would henceforth be introduced after consultation with the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education.
The house approved N. Jamaludin's resolution for incorporating a paper on ‘Management Concepts in Tirukkural' in BBA programme. C. Mani wanted Boards of Studies to consult heads of departments of the respective subjects in affiliated colleges before making changes to the course contents.