CBCS

CBCS

 From the academic year 2008 - 2009, the University of Madras introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with Semester Pattern. At both the under-graduate and Post-graduate levels, each course of study is assigned a certain number of credits, and a student who obtains the required number of credits over the study period is considered as having completed the course and upon that he/she is awarded the degree. Further, at the under-graduate level, a student of a major course of study has the choice to select a subject that he/she would like to learn (other than the major subject) within the prescribed time period and the programme parameters. The non-Major elective subject also carries a certain credit. As per the course curriculum, a non -Tamil Student has to study Basic Tamil or Advanced Tamil (as the case may be) instead of the non-major elective subject.

 Apart from this, the course curriculum requires the student to take up four skill-based subjects, known as  Soft Skills, in order to improve his/her employability. Moreover, the curriculum seeks to make the student awareof the environment in which he/she is living, and intends to develop the student as a wholesome personality by inculcating values in him/her. Thus, the course curriculum includes Environmental Studies and Value Education. In short, the course curriculum as designed by the University of Madras seeks to mould and shape the student in such a way that he/she while leaving the portals of the educational institution will not only be knowledge and employable, but responsible too. The broad outlines of the Choice Based Credit System are as follows:

Part I : Tamil/ other Languages

Part II : English

Part III : (a) : 2 Major Subjects

Part III : (b) : 1 Allied Subject

Part IV : (a) : Non - Major Elective or Basic Tamil/Advanced Tamil

Part IV : (b) : Soft Skills/Environmental Studies / Value Education

Part V : Extension Activities.

During of the Semesters:

 Each academic year shall be divided into two semesters. The First academic year shall comprise the first and second semesters, the second academic year the third and fourth semesters, and the third academic year the fifth and sixth semesters respectively.

 The odd semester shall consists of the period from June to November of Each year and the even semester from December to April. There shall not be less than 90 working days for each semester.

Criteria for Internal Assessment :

  Each subject in a course of study will carry 100 marks maximum. A student will be awarded a maximum of 25 marks in the internal assessment and the remaining 75 marks  will have to be secured by him/her in the University External examinations conducted at the end of each semester..

 The criteria for internal assessment will be (i) Tests (2 out of 3) - 10 marks (ii) Attendence - 5 Marks  (iii) Seminar - 5 marks (iv) Assignment - 5 marks.

 Class attendence should be 60% of all classes taken

 Any student not having 60% attendence will be debarred from writing the university examinations. 

Compulsory Extension Service:

 All the students shall have to enrol for extension activities/services like Sports / Rotaract / Youth Red cross / Red Ribbon Club or any other service organisation of the college and shall have to put in a compulsory minimum attendence of 40 hours which shall be duly certified by the Principal before 31st March in the first year only. If a student lacks 40 hours attendence in the first year he/she shall have to compensate the same during the second year. Literacy and population education field work shall be compulsory components in the above extension service activities.

Requirements for Proceeding to Subsequent semesters:

 Canditates shall register their names for the First semester Examination after the admission in the college.

 Canditates shall be permitted to proceed  from the First Semester up to  Final Semester irrespective of their failure in any of the semester examinations subject to the condition that the canditates should register for all the arrear subjects of earlier semesters along with current semester subjects.

 Canditates shall be eligible to go to subsequent semester, only if they earn sufficient attendence as prescribed by the University from time to time. In case a canditate earns less than 50% of attendance in any one of the semesters due to any extraordinary circumstance such as medical grounds, He/She shall produce Medical Certificate issued by the Authorised Medical Attendant (AMA), duly certified by the principal. On submission of the certificate, he/she shall be permitted to proceed to the next semester and to complete the course of study. Such canditates shall have to repeat the missed semester by rejoining after completion of Final semester of the course, after playing the fee for the break of study as prescribed by the University from time to time.

Passing Minimum:   

 There shall be no passing minimum for internal assesment.

 For external examination, passing minimum shall be of 40% of the maximum marks prescribed for the paper/practical/project and viva-voce.

 In the aggregate (external+ internal) the passing minimum shall be 40%.

 He/She shall be declared to have passed the whole examination, if he/she passes in all the papers and practicals by earning the prescribed credits in parts-I, II, III, IV, V. He/She shall earn a maximum of one credit for the extension activities to qualify for the Degree.

Classification of Successful Canditates:

 Part - I Tamil and other languages : Successful canditates passing the examinations for the languages and securing the marks (i) 60% and above and (ii) 50% and above but below 60% in the aggregate, shall be declared to have passed the examination in the First and Second Class respectively. All other successful canditates shall be declared to have passed the examination in the Third class.

 Part-II English : Successful canditates passing the examinations for the English and securing the marks (i) 60% and above and (ii) 50% and above but below 60% in the aggregate, shall be declared to have passed the examination in the First and Second Class respectively. All other successful canditates shall be declared to have passed the examination in the Third class.

 Part - III Core Subjects, Allied Subjects, and Project/Electives: Successful canditates passing the examination for part-III subjects together and securing the marks (i) 60 percent and above (ii) 50% and above but below 60% in the aggregate, shall be declared to have passed the examination in the First and Second Class respectively. All other successful canditates shall be declared to have passed the examination in the Third class.

 Ranking : Canditates who pass all the examinations prescribed for the course in the FIRST APPEARANCE ALONE are eligible for Ranking/Distinction.