Academic Council nod for revision of syllabi once in four years

The Academic Council of Kerala Agricultural University on Wednesday decided to award doctorate honoris causa to farmers who have made significant contributions to the agriculture sector.

A subcommittee, headed by the Director of Extension, recommended a modus operandi for selecting the winners. The council approved the committee’s recommendations.

The council also gave the nod to proposals to revise the syllabi of courses once in four years; to prescribe a minimum OGPA (Overall Grade Percentage Average) of 6/10 for a pass in undergraduate courses; to change internal-external components of evaluation to 50:50; and to include external examiner in postgraduate viva voce.

“Syllabus revision will bring in the much-needed contemporary changes in farm studies,” P. Rajendran, Vice-Chancellor, said. “A proposal in this regard was mooted by a workshop on academic reforms conducted earlier this month. In order to encourage research in thrust areas, postgraduate students will be provided with a bank of projects to choose their subject of research. The project bank will be prepared by experts.”

Registrar E.K. Mathew said the council had nominated Thomas George as its representative to the Kerala Higher Education Council.

The KAU Management Aptitude Test for admission to MBA in agri-business management would be discontinued and admission to the course would henceforth be based on CMAT/CAT score in consonance with norms of the All India Council for Technical Education.

Students who discontinue the MBA course will lose all fee paid and those who leave the course after closure of admission should pay an amount of Rs.50,000 as liquidation damages. MBA in agri-business management has been approved as a qualification for admission to Ph.D. in rural marketing.

E.V. Nybe, Director (Academic), said the council approved the proposals to restructure college-level committees and Faculty Research Committee to ensure effective planning and monitoring of postgraduate and doctoral research programmes, and to change the existing undergraduate study tour pattern to an all-India tour after the sixth semester and an all-Kerala tour during the final semester.

The all-Kerala tour will be designed in such a way that students get familiarised with different agro climatic conditions, research stations and their functioning.

The council meeting was attended by deans of faculties, Directors of Extension, elected representatives of teachers and students, and expert members nominated by the Chancellor.

Academic Council nod for revision

of syllabi once

in four years.