G. Mahadevan

University Academic Council likely to meet in January

All Boards of Study have submitted the syllabi

New courses likely from next academic year

Thiruvananthapuram: The University of Kerala has readied the syllabi for its degree programmes that will be offered under the Choice-Based Credit and Semester System from 2010.

All 37 Boards of Study have submitted the syllabi to the university. In January, the various faculties will meet to endorse these syllabi. Once this is done, these syllabi will be placed before the next meeting of the Academic Council, likely to be held in January.

After the syllabi are approved by the council, the varsity’s examination wing will begin work on formatting the mark-sheets and tabulation sheets required for the examinations under the new system. The sheets will have to be approved by the chairmen of the respective boards of study and endorsed by the dean of the respective faculty. These sheets will be finally approved by the university Registrar. A special cell headed by the Controller of Examinations has been constituted for this purpose.

Individual colleges affiliated to the university will have to prepare ‘Information Brochures’ (the new name for the prospectus) detailing the courses they offer. “Now the university needs to organise training/orientation programmes for its staff,” a university official said here on Friday. “At this pace, we will be fully ready to offer the new courses in the next academic year,” the official added.

Academics who spoke to The Hindu on the implementation of the new system said it was important that the university check the syllabi for compatibility with those prepared by other varsities in the State. “One of the key ideas of the new courses is academic mobility. If the syllabus for a particular course in this university does not broadly match the one prepared for the same subject in, say, Kannur or MG University, the question of equivalence will crop up,” a senior academic explained.

It was at its meeting on June 2 this year that the Academic Council approved the regulation for the new degree programmes. Till recently, only nine boards of study had submitted the full syllabus for the new courses. Many had only submitted the syllabus for the first two semesters.

The principals of all affiliated colleges have been asked to constitute Department Level Monitoring Committees (DLMC) and College Level Monitoring Committees (CLMC). The university has already constituted the University-Level Monitoring Committee.