The University Grants Commission (UGC) Monday issued the curriculum and credit framework for undergraduate programmes. The new guidelines have been released by reworking the existing Choice Based Credit System.
In this programme, students will have the opportunity for multiple entry and exit options. Additionally, students will also be given a choice between single major and double major and interdisciplinary choices of subjects, as per the revised guidelines.
Currently, students get an honours degree after three years of college studies. However, now, students will get options of pursuing two types of honours degree — honours and honours with research.
The four-year UG Honours degree in the major discipline will be given to those students who complete a four-year degree programme with 160 credits and have met the credit requirement.
However, the students who get 75 per cent marks and above in the first six semesters but want to undertake research at the UG level will be allowed to choose a research stream in the fourth year.
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“They should do a research project or dissertation under the guidance of a faculty member of the university or college. The research project and dissertation will be in the major discipline. The students who secure 160 credits, including 12 credits from a research project and dissertation, will be awarded UG degree (honours with research),” according to the notification by UGC.
For the students who are in multidisciplinary degrees, their credits of core courses will be divided among broad disciplines.
“For example, a student who opts for a UG program in life sciences will have the total credits to core courses distributed across botany, zoology and human biology disciplines. The degree will be awarded as BSc in Life Sciences for a 3-year programme and BSc (Honours) in Life Sciences or BSc (Honours with Research) for a 4-year programme without or with a research component respectively,” as per official notification.
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