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Stakeholders concerned over curriculum revision

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Replacing open course will impact inter-disciplinary learning, they say

A move by the Mahatma Gandhi university to drop the open courses in its undergraduate programmes has invited criticism from the stakeholders.

Faculty members and a section of the heads of the boards of studies had opposed the decision stating that the decision to replace open courses will impact the inter-disciplinary learning advantage of the choice-based credit and semester system.

A student of Botany could opt for an accountancy or Mathematics programme offered by another department as part of the open course facility in the fifth semester of an undergraduate course.

Senior faculty members close to the development told The Hindu that the varsity authorities have now decided to replace the open course with an elective related to the main subject of study.

“Students would lose an opportunity to learn an entirely different subject and earn full credits once the open course gets shelved.

The open course had offered a challenge to the faculty members in various departments to offer the best programme,” said the chairman of a board of studies in science subject.

Teachers alleged lack of clarity in the curriculum revision process for undergraduate courses. The varsity authorities have not yet made the guidelines available among the stakeholders. There is also confusion over the model curriculum.

The curriculum workshops have to be convened before going ahead with the changes. The varsity should not implement the curriculum revision process without seeking the feedback of the teaching community, they said.

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