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Academic Information

CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS)

The CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses comprising core, elective/minor or skill based courses. The courses can be evaluated following the grading system, which is considered to be better than the conventional marks system. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce uniform grading system in the entire higher education in India. This will benefit the students to move across institutions within India to begin with and across countries. The uniform grading system will also enable potential employers in assessing the performance of the candidates. In order to bring uniformity in evaluation system and computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) based on student's performance in examinations, the UGC has formulated the guidelines to be followed.

Outline of Choice Based Credit System


  • Discipline Specific Core (DSC) Course: A course, which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a core requirement is termed as a Core course.
  • Elective Course: Generally a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses and which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/ subject of study or which provides an extended scope or which enables an exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain or nurtures the candidate's proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.
    • Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Course (2 Each for regular courses): Elective courses may be offered by the main discipline/subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective. The University/Institute may also offer discipline related Elective courses of interdisciplinary nature (to be offered by main discipline/subject of study).
    • Dissertation/Project Work: An elective course of 6 credits, designed to acquire special/advanced knowledge, such as supplement study/support study to a project work, and a candidate studies such a course on his own with an advisory support by a teacher/faculty member is called dissertation/project work. A Project/Dissertation work may be given in lieu of a discipline specific elective paper.
    • Generic Elective Course (GEC): An elective course chosen generally from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure to other subjects/disciplines is called a Generic Elective Course.
    • P's. : A core course offered in a discipline/subject may be treated as an elective by other discipline/subject and vice versa and such electives may also be referred to as Generic Elective.
  • Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC)/Competency Improvement Courses/Skill Development Courses/Foundation Course: The Ability Enhancement (AE) Courses may be of two kinds: AE Compulsory Course (AECC) and AE Elective Course (AEEC).AECC. courses are the courses based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement. They [(i) Environmental Science, (ii) English/MIL Communication] are mandatory for all disciplines. AEEC courses are value-based and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc.
    • Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC): Environmental Science, English Communication/MIL Communication.
    • Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) (Minimum 4): These courses may be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based instruction.

COURSE STRUCTURE (B.A. / B.COM.)

Semester

Core - I
(6 Credit)

Core - II
(6 Credit)

Language Core
(6 Credit)

AECC
(4 Credit)

DSE-I
(6 Credit)

DSE-II
(6 Credit)

SEC
(4 Credit)

GE
(6 Credit)

Credits

I

DSC- 1A

DSC- 2A

English/Hindi/ MIL - 1

(English/Hindi/MIL) / EVS

 

 

 

 

22

II

DSC- 1B

DSC- 2B

English/Hindi/ MIL - 1

EVS / (English/Hindi/MIL)

 

 

 

 

22 (44)

III

DSC- 1C

DSC- 2C

English/Hindi/ MIL - 2

 

 

 

SEC - 1

 

22 (66)

IV

DSC- 1D

DSC- 2D

English/Hindi/ MIL - 2

 

 

 

SEC - 2

 

22 (88)

V

 

 

 

 

DSE- 1A

DSE- 2A

SEC - 3

GE-1

22 (110)

VI

 

 

 

 

DSE- 1B

DSE- 2B

SEC - 4

GE-2

22 (132)

COURSE STRUCTURE (B'sc.)

Semester

Core - I
(6 Credit)

Core - II
(6 Credit)

Core - III
(6 Credit)

AECC
(4 Credit)

DSE-I
(6 Credit)

DSE-II
(6 Credit)

DSE-III
(6 Credit)

SEC
(4 Credit)

Credits

I

DSC- 1A

DSC- 2A

DSC- 3A

(English/Hindi/MIL) / EVS

 

 

 

 

22

II

DSC- 1B

DSC- 2B

DSC- 3B

EVS / (English/Hindi/MIL)

 

 

 

 

22 (44)

III

DSC- 1C

DSC- 2C

DSC- 3C

 

 

 

 

SEC - 1

22 (66)

IV

DSC- 1D

DSC- 2D

DSC- 3D

 

 

 

 

SEC - 2

22 (88)

V

 

 

 

 

DSE- 1A

DSE- 2A

DSE- 3A

SEC - 3

22 (110)

VI

 

 

 

 

DSE- 1B

DSE- 2B

DSE- 3B

SEC - 4

22 (132)

Please Note:

  • For medical Students Core I, II, III includes Botany, Zoology & Chemistry whereas for Non-Medical Students Core - I, II & III includes Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.
  • Each core course excluding Mathematics are of 6 credits comprising of 4 Theory + 2 Practical credits

CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (FOR OLD CBCS STUDENTS)

  • At the time of admission each student will identify;
    • A Major (Main) subject in which he / she will concentrate and two Minor (Allied) subjects which he/she would chose to study, if he / she wishes to work for a bachelor degree with the Major (Honors) or
    • If he/she chooses to go for Bachelor (Pass) Degree he/she will chose three subjects that he/she will be studying.
  • A student who has opted for the Bachelor Degree will have the option available to him/her of converting the degree to a Major (Honors). This will be done by accumulating 56 or more credits in one of the subjects chosen within a period of five years from the date of enrolment in the programme.
  • For the degree (BA/ B'sc./B.Com.), the student will have to cumulate a minimum of 120 successful credit hours of coursework for a Bachelor degree with the Major (Honours), or 106 successful credits hours of coursework for a Bachelor degree over a minimum of three years or maximum of five years from the date of admission.
  • Inter-institutional Migration (including from one college to another as well as from a college to ICDEOL and vice versa), of students will be allowed when no objection is obtained from both the relieving and receiving institutions (Signed by their respective Principals or Directors) to ascertain especially that Major/Minor subjects being studied by migrating student are available in the receiving Institutions. In such cases the credits and grades earned by the student at the relieving institution will be carried by him/her to the receiving institution (detail will be provided by the relieving institution while furnishing no objection for such migration) and will be added to the credits and grades that the student will be earning at the receiving institution.
  • For those students who have chosen a Bachelors Degree, they will be limited by the subjects that are available in the college. Their degree, however, will be named BA/B'sc./B.Com. etc. on the basis of faculty (that is languages, social sciences, life sciences etc) of the majority (two out of three) of the subjects chosen by the student.
  • All the above mentioned programmes [named after the Major subject (core/main) chosen by the student] shall run on choice based credit system (CBCS). It is an instructional package developed to suit the needs of the students to keep pace with the development in the Higher Education worldwide taking them out of isolated compartmentalized learning environment which clearly indicate for each level of certification learning effort required on the part of student in terms of credits to be earned as well as participation in instructional hours to be spent through either regular mode or through distance education mode. The student in this system has considerable freedom in choosing courses and so making his/her own personalized programme/ bouquet in the cafeteria mode keeping in mind the necessary requirement of the major course. Except for the compulsory and core courses of the subject of his/her major, he /she is free to chose courses of his/her choice. The programme is considered completed when the student cumulates the requisite number of successful credits (Passed), that is at least 120 credits for an Under Graduate (Honors) Degree and 106 credits for an Under Graduate Passed Degree.
  • GI and Hobby Classes: Students will be encouraged to take part in NSS, NCC, Sports and Cultural activities at the college, Inter-University and National Level including the Asian Games, International Events and Olympics. Students who take part in these activities earn credits ranging from 1 to 3 depending upon the level of participation. The principal of the college and coordinator of these programmes will certify and ensure the performance of the students in Grades fromC. to10+. as explained in the Table and to pass on these grades to COE so that these grades can be converted into CGPA to prepare a final result (but not lower than that is atleast 4.51 (CGPA) to qualify for the UG degree as explained in the relevant HPU Regulations.
  • The following Table gives you a summary of an Under Graduate (Major/Honors) Programme.

    Sr. No

    Course Component

    Number of Courses

    Credit Per course

    Total Credits

    Minimum

    Maximum

    Minimum

    Maximum

    I.

    Compulsory Courses & Skill Based Courses

    3

    6

    3

    9

    18

    II.

    Core Courses

    12

    4

    48

    III.

    Elective Courses

    6 each in two subjects (12 in Total)

    4

    24 each in two subjects (48 in total)

    IV.

    General Interest & Hobby Courses

    1

    3

    1 to 3

    1

    9

     

    Total

    28

    33

    1 To 4 Variable

    106

    123

  • Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) will account for 30 per cent of final grade that a student gets in a course.
    • Mid Term (Minor) Test: There will be one Mid Term Test, when approximately two third of the syllabus has been covered. This mid-term test will be of 15 marks.
      Note: Mid Term (Minor) test will be of 30 marks for the students of academic session admitted in 2014 15.
    • Seminar / Assignment / Term Paper: The remaining 10 marks of CCA will be awarded on the basis of Seminar/Assignment/Term Paper etc. that the course teacher might give to the students.
      Note: Seminar/Assignment/Term Paper will be of 15 marks for the students of the academic sessions admitted in 2014 15.
    • Classroom Attendance Each student will have to attend a minimum of 75% Lectures/ Tutorials/Practicals. A student having less than 75% attendance will not be allowed to appear in the End-Semester Examination (ESE). A 5% assessment will be given on the basis of this attendance. The incentive for the classroom attendance will be awarded in CCA marks as follows:

      Attendance (%)

      Marks

      Attendance (%)

      Marks

      75% but < 80%

      1 Mark

      80% but <85%

      2 Marks

      85% but <90%

      3 Marks

      90% but <95%

      4 Marks

      95%

      5 Marks

       

       

  • End Semester Examination (ESE) will account for remaining 70 per cent of the final grade that the student gets in a course.
    Note: (a) A student will have to pass both the components (that is CCA and ESE) separately to become eligible to be declared successful in a course. (b) The Ratio of Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and End Semester Examination (ESE) would remain unchanged (that is 50:50) for the students of the Academic Sessions admitted in 2014-15.
    Important Note: Only those students will be allowed to appear in ESE who have been successful in the CCA.
  • If a student who fulfills all the requirements for appearing in a semester examination, is unable to appear in the examination or to complete it on account of his/her own serious illness, accident or on account of death of near relative (Mother/Father/Brother/Sister), or the dates of state or national level examination fall on the dates of the semester exams maybe allowed to appear in the semester exam in the next academic year when examination for the semester is due. Permission to sit in the examination will be given by the college principal/ Director on the production of Valid certificate / Document from the competent authority. The college will send the names of the students to the registration and migration Cell for information.
  • The result would be declared by COE of Himachal Pradesh University and the Degree (or Certificate or Diploma) as the case maybe conferred. A candidate shall be eligible for the conferment of the Bachelor degree only if he/she has earned the minimum required credits for diploma prescribed in the regulation (i.e. (a) For a Bachelor degree with major (Honors) 120 credits in total and minimum of 9 credits in compulsory courses, 56 credits in core courses, a minimum of 40 credits in elective courses (minimum 20 credits in each of the minor subjects. (b) For a Bachelor degree: 106 credit with 48 credits in core course 18 credit in elective courses (24 credits in each other two subjects studied) and minimum of 9 credits in compulsory courses and minimum of one credit in GI & H).
  • One paper on Environment Science (Audit Paper) which will be of qualifying nature and of 100 marks is mandatory. There will be no CCA for it. Students will have to appear in this paper in 5th/6th semester.