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Know course plan weeks in advance

Students of Patna University would now be able to know beforehand topics they would study in the coming weeks.

The varsity administration has asked teachers to prepare a chart, dividing the syllabus in a period- or week-wise format, to usher in improvement in academics and complete the curriculum in time.

Teachers would now have to divide the syllabus into proper number of classes within semester/annual course so that students of subjects concerned know the lecture topic of each day in advance.

On reason for the new mechanism, Patna University (PU) pro-vice-chancellor Ranjeet Kumar Verma said: “The new mechanism would be introduced from beginning of the new academic session starting July. The idea is to bring improvement in academics and complete the syllabus on time. University teachers will now have to prepare a chart giving details of topics they would to teach in a particular class according to allotment in the semester.”

Elaborating on the new move, M.N. Sinha, a teacher at Patna Science College, said: “Suppose you are teaching organic chemistry in undergraduate course — the teacher will have to prepare a chart on what they will teach in the first week (say introduction to organic chemistry).”

The teacher added that in many premier institutions, a particular paper in a subject covering different topics is divided into number of periods and within that particular number of periods, the teacher has to complete the syllabus.

Sources said at the beginning of every month, a copy of detailed and scientific routine chart will be sent to the VC’s office, dean’s office and also put up on the notice board so that students would have prior information about which topic they will be studying in a particular week. The chart will also be helpful in maintaining the calendar as to how many classes a teacher would take in a particular semester or year.

Earlier, the syllabus used to have different topics/sections, which a teacher had to cover in a semester or year. There was neither a week-wise nor a period-wise division of syllabus.

Welcoming the new system, Abhay Rai, an undergraduate physics student of Patna Science College, said: “The new system will be beneficial to students as they will have prior information about which topics they would study in a particular week or class.”

The university has issued a directive that if a teacher takes leave and remains absent from allotted classes, it would be the liability of the teacher concerned to complete the course by taking extra classes.

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