Nagpur: At last, the dream project of vice-chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University Dr Siddharthavinayaka Kane to implement the 60:40 formula, is all set to be launched from the academic year 2016-17. Pro-VC Dr Pramod Yeole has taken decision in this regard.The academic council of the Nagpur University has decided to halve the number of exams and assignments in the credit-based semester system.
The academic council has decided to halve the number of exams and assignments in the credit-based semester system which was implemented for undergraduate courses. Under this formula, colleges will be empowered to give 40% weightage via internal assessment; it would reduce the number of papers and assignments, relieving teachers who have been complaining about the workload since the beginning of the academic year.
As per the council’s decision, colleges will be able to conduct the internal assessment of each semester, students in undergraduate courses will now need to answer one paper and one assignment which will carry 40 marks. The questions papers will set and exam will be conducted by the colleges. The assessment of the answer books will be done online. There is also a proposal for five marks given for class participation and five for attendance.
Varsity officials claim that the decision has nothing to do with teachers’ demand. A top official said, “The academic council took the decision on the basis of a review committee report. The new formula will lessen the burden on students as well.” The Nagpur university and the College Teachers Association had written a letter in this regard ahead of academic council meet.
Though students and teachers are happy with the move, few termed the new formula a compromise. A principal of a college that the council has tried to appease students and professors both and has also saved face by introducing the same weightage, but the excessive marking issue has not been tackled This kind of experiment elsewhere in the state has evoked controversy with the critics alleging that the 60:40 formula became controversial soon after the TYBCom results of Mumbai university, where a few colleges were accused of giving 35-39 marks to all students.