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Nagaland University (NU) guidelines for introduction of semester system in UG level

DIMAPUR, APR 27 (NPN)(Staff Reporter)
Published on 28 Apr. 2012 12:12 AM IST
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In view of University Grants Commission (UGC) of India making it mandatory for all institutions of higher learning and affiliated colleges in the country to implement semester system of examination, Nagaland University (NU) in an Academic Council (AC) meeting held on November 16 decided to introduce the semester system in all affiliated colleges.

In pursuance to the decision, the AC approved the course curriculum and syllabi developed by the respective Boards of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS) and further resolved to start semester system in the colleges by 2012 academic session in a phase-wise manner for which the guidelines was approved by AC during a meeting held on March 21.

In the copy of the guidelines provided to this reporter, it was mentioned that the entire course curriculum and syllabi were designed by the respective BUGS keeping in view the needs of the present generation adding that it was a “learner friendly” programme suitable to meet the needs of students in a competitive world.

It further stated that the guidelines have been created in expectation to create a better “teaching-learning spirit” in the institutions of higher education. However the course curriculum and syllabi would be revised/updated from time to time whenever necessary and compulsorily in every three years.

In the guidelines it is mentioned that a minimum of 3 years (6 semesters) and a maximum of 5 years (10 semesters) would be required to qualify for B.A, B. Sc, and B.Com degrees. Every college should offer uniform pattern of subject combinations and follow a uniform academic calendar in each semester.

It also stated that the present three year degree course should be phased out year by year beginning from 2012 onward and only two chances would be given to the failed students of the old course to complete the course in the next following year itself adding that no third chance would be given thereafter.

If a learner wants to continue, he/she should re-start from the first semester however it was also possible for the second year students to drop the old course and join in the new semester system beginning from the first semester. It further stated that no admission would be allowed in the old course beginning from the 2012 academic session.

Following the decision taken by NU, a two-day workshop on ‘Semester system in colleges: prospects and problems’ was organized at Patkai Christian College (autonomous) in collaboration with School of Agricultural Science and Rural Development (SASARD) NU where principals and three representatives from Dimapur zone colleges attended the workshop.

The inaugural programme was held Thursday with dean SASARD, NU, professor A S Nayak as chief guest while a paper presentation on ‘Grading – An assessment tool-I’ by delivered by professor V. Sharan, NU.

On the second day, paper presentation on ‘Teaching-learning methods in science and course subjects’, ‘Continuous internal assessment as a component of examination system-reliability and accountability’, ‘Teaching-learning methods in Arts and course subjects’ and ‘General guidelines on introduction of semester system in UG level in NU’ was delivered by HOD, Physics Fazal Ali College, Dr. Imti Wati Jamir, controller of exams, PCC, Neilevonuo and dean school of social sciences, NU, professor Lanunungsang respectively.

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