Staff Reporter

System is not working satisfactorily for postgraduate courses

Teachers say the system will backfire if proper homework is not done

‘No arrangements made to conduct classes during the mid-summer holidays’

KOCHI: The Higher Education Council’s decision to implement the semester mode in undergraduate courses has evoked mixed response in city colleges with many saying that reforms should be introduced only after plugging the existing loopholes in the system.

Faculty members of colleges in the city who do not want to be quoted said that the move would backfire, if proper homework was not done before the launch.

Describing that the semester system for postgraduate courses under the MG University was facing wrath for its erratic schedules, they said that the authorities were yet to resolve the problems in the postgraduate level.

Quoting from the council’s recent recommendation that each semester in the undergraduate programme will have 90 working days, teachers said that such suggestions were good but difficult to implement in a university famous for its delayed schedules.

Referring to recent incidents, they said that a fourth semester examination was scheduled in such a way that only around 60 days existed between the end of third semester examination and March 31, when colleges close for the mid-summer vacation.

Teachers admitted that no arrangement was made to conduct the classes during the mid-summer holidays. Most of the teachers get engaged in undergraduate examination duties. Students also said that the university authorities had decided to go ahead with the fourth semester examination from the first week of June without ensuring that the portions were completed.

The university has also been at the receiving end for not publishing results of the semester examinations on time. Students say the council and the university heads had failed to discuss ways to improve the examination system. Several results were published months after the conduct of the examinations.

They expressed doubts about the timely publication of results for the undergraduate courses, where the number of students and courses are high.