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Credit system will now be implemented for PG courses also.

mumbai Updated: Dec 22, 2011 02:43 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times

From June 2012, students will be able to simultaneously pursue two undergraduate courses across departments or within the same department at Mumbai University.

The proposal to introduce a dual programme option was approved by university’s academic council on Wednesday.

Students will be able to pursue two courses at the same time, either through the regular mode or the distance education mode, a full time degree or a diploma but will have to ensure that the two do not clash when it comes to examinations and other practical issues.

A six-member committee had submitted this proposal to the university in September.

“Where students are interested, capable and where it is feasible they will be able to go for dual courses,” said SK Ukarande, dean of the faculty of technology at Mumbai University, who headed the committee.

So for instance, a student will be able to pursue a BA and B.Ed or BCom along with BMS. Until now students were only allowed to pursue short-term certificate courses alongside their undergraduate degree.

The academic council also decided on Wednesday to withdraw the rule requiring engineering students to complete their degree within eight years of registering for the programme. Students had been protesting against this rule, which was issued in 2003.

“So many students were not in a position to complete the degree within eight years, so we decided to remove the bar,” said Ukarande. “There will be no time bar from now.”

The academic council also sanctioned the implementation of the credit and grading system for post-graduate students in the arts, commerce and science streams from the 2012 academic year, similar to the undergraduate credit system, which became effective this year. This is likely to impact more than 20,000 students in the first year of masters courses in the science, commerce and arts faculties.

Commerce students will have to achieve 80 credits, while arts and science students will have to complete 96 credits spread over four semesters i.e. two years.

Assessment will be split into internal assessment worth 40% and the exam, which will be worth 60%.

The decisions taken at the academic council will now be discussed at the management council meeting on Friday.

First Published: Dec 22, 2011 02:43 IST