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.

Outline of Choice Based Credit System

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

2.1 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).

2.2 Dissertation/Project Work: An elective course of 4 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.

2.3 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.

  1. 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.

3.1 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC): Environmental Science, English Communication/MIL Communication.

3.2 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.

The students must be provided adequate guidance/counseling while selecting the two GEC.

Contact Hours:

Each course has 5 lectures and 1 tutorial (per group) per week in case of DSC, DSE and GE courses. Each course has 4 lectures and 2 Practicals (per group) per week in case of SEC courses. The size of a tutorial/practical group is 8-10 students.

Duration of Study:

This is a three-year course. The degree will be awarded when a candidate clears all courses within a maximum period of five years from the date of admission to this course.

NOTE: A candidate failing in either one or two subjects/papers will be given compartment in that subject/paper and will be eligible for promotion to the next class. Two chances (one at supplementary stage and one at the annual exam stage) will be given to clear the compartment. A candidate failing in three or more subjects/papers will be treated as „failed‟ in that year and will be required to repeat the entire year.