On a path of improving its education standards on the campus, Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur district has embarked on implementing a series of reforms in teaching and learning process. Soon after restructuring the undergraduate courses and combinations offered as part of the courses recently, the university proposes to introduce Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) for Post-Graduate students.

The first-ever such awarding of credits in all the courses offered by the university will begin from 2013-14 academic year after the formal approval of Academic Senate meeting by end of January. A committee that went into this whole aspect of credit system has also recommended for allowing the students opt for a non-core subject in the second and third semesters to promote inter-disciplinary studies to provide the students a better edge in the job market through improved employability quotient, Acharya Nagarjuna University Vice-Chancellor K. Viyyanna Rao has said.

With University College of Sciences A.V. Dattatreya Rao as convener of the committee, six other members – College of Arts, Commerce and Law Principal M. Madhusudhana Rao, Faculty of Natural Sciences Dean KB Mahalakshmi, B. Sambasiva Rao, Dean Social Sciences, Officer on Special Duty Z. Vishnu Vardhan, College Development Council Dean GV Chalam, Chemistry BoS Chairman C. Rambabu, they had recommended for uniform total credits of 50, 100, 150 and 250 for 1,2, 3, and 5 P.G. Courses with 25 credits per semester.

The additional non-core subject will be provided credits, but does not count for classification of the final result. Evaluation will be for 100 marks in each paper and Grade Points and Letters will be assigned from O (10), A (9), B (8), C (7), D (6), E (5) and F (Zero). The marks bands will be 85 to 100; 70 to 84; 60 to 69; 55 to 59; 50 to 54; 40 to 49 and Less than 40. There will be Semester Grade Point Average given for each semester and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) calculated.

Ramesh Susarla

An additional non-core subject to be offered at PG level