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					                  VI. CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS)
                               REGULATIONS

What is CBCS?

   Choice-Based Credit System is a flexible system of learning. ‘Credit’ defines the
quantum of contents / syllabus prescribed for a course and determines the number of
hours of instruction required. The distinguishing features of CBCS are the following:

It permits students to

        learn at their own pace
        choose electives from a wide range of elective courses offered by the University
         departments
        undergo additional courses and acquire more than the required number of
         credits
        adopt an inter-disciplinary approach in learning
        make best use of the expertise of available faculty

   General Eligibility conditions for admission to Master’s Programme through formal
education as per the UGC Regulations, 2003

    No student shall be eligible for admission to a Master’s degree programme in any of the
faculties unless he/she has successfully completed a three year undergraduate degree or
earned prescribed number of credits for an undergraduate degree through the examinations
conducted by a University /autonomous institution or possesses such qualifications
recognized by the University of Madras as equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

    In case of integrated Master’s Degree programmes of five or more years, no student shall
be eligible for admission unless he/she has successfully passed the examination conducted
by a Board / University at the Plus two level of schooling (either through formal schooling
for 12 years or through open school system) recognized by the Central/State Government
for this purpose or its equivalent.

1. Schools, Departments and Programmes

1.1    There are 66 Departments of study and research in the University which are
       grouped into 17 schools. Most of these departments offer programmes at various
       levels under the CBCS. The programmes offered include:

       Master’s Degree programmes
       1.     M. Phil. programmes
       2.     PG Diploma programmes
       3.     Diploma programmes
       4.     Certificate programmes

2. Courses

2.1    A programme consists of a number of courses. A ‘Course’ is a component (a paper)
       of a programme. Every course offered by any University department is identified by a
       unique course code. A course may be designed to involve lectures / tutorials /
       laboratory work / seminar / project work / practical training / report writing / Viva
          voce, etc or a combination of these, to meet effectively the teaching and learning
          needs and the credits may be assigned suitably.

3. Semesters

3.1       An academic year consists of two semesters.
          Odd Semester (I and III Semesters): July to November
          Even Semester (II and IV Semesters): December to April

3.2       A semester normally extends over a period of 15 weeks. Each week has 30 hours of
          instruction spread over a 5 day week.

4. Credits

4.1       Credit defines the quantum of contents / syllabus prescribed for a course and
          determines the number of hours of instruction required per week. Thus, normally in
                 each of the courses, credits will be assigned on the basis of the number of
          lectures / tutorials / laboratory work and other forms of learning required to
          complete the course contents in a 15 week schedule:

         1Credit = 1 hour of lecture per week (1 Credit course = 15 hours of lectures per
          semester)
         3 credits = 3 hours of instruction per week (3 Credit course = 45 hours of lectures
          per semester)

          Instruction can take the form of lectures / tutorials / laboratory work / fieldwork or
      other forms. In determining the number of hours of instruction required for a course
      involving laboratory / field-work, 3 hours of laboratory / field work is generally
      considered equivalent to 1 hour of lecture.

5.        Course Numbering

          Every course offered by any University Department is identified by a unique course
          code.

          Illustration
                                                      L T P C
                 EAS C 001      Geomorphology        3 0 0 3

          In this example:
          EAS C 001 is the course code in which:
          EAS - is the school code (School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
          C – indicates that this is a Core Course
          001 – is the serial number of the Course
          Geomorphology – is the title of the Course


          The figures under L, T and P indicate the weight (credits) attached to lectures,
          tutorials and practical work respectively

          The figure under C indicates the total number of credits that the course carries (3
          credits in this case)
6.        Management and Administration of CBCS

6.1       CBCS Office

          To discharge the responsibilities of CBCS programmes of the University, there is an
          exclusive administration wing called CBCS Office. The CBCS Office has the
          following functions:

         Advertisement of CBCS programmes, Approval of Admission of Students made by
          Departments, Course Registration, issue of Identity Cards, Coordination of Time
          Table and preparation of Academic Calendar, Attendance and Consolidation of
          awards in First Assessment, Second Assessment and the End-Semester
          Examination and forwarding the consolidated awards lists to the Controller of
          Examinations for scrutiny and distribution of Grade Sheets, Cumulative Grade
          Sheets and Provisional Pass Certificates, Convocation Degree / Diploma etc.

6.2       Dean

          The Dean (Academic) will plan and coordinate all CBCS programmes. The Dean will
          be assisted by a committee consisting of Chairpersons of Schools. The
          responsibilities of the Dean (Academic) include:

         Preparation of (a) Academic Calendar (b)Application for Admission (c) Registration
          Form (d) Grade / Cumulative Grade Sheet (e) Student transcripts.
         Coordination of programmes between schools and other external institutions
         Coordination of common time tables in consultation with Schools.
         Consideration of appeals from students regarding the operational problems related
          to CBCS
         Coordination with Controller of Examinations and Heads of Schools for publication
          of results.

6.3 Boards of Studies

6.3.1     There shall be a school committee consisting of all the teachers of all departments
          of the school. In order to optimize the use of resources and talents, to avoid
          duplication of courses and, for effective coordination of CBCS programmes within a
          school, it is headed by a Chairperson.

6.3.3     The School Committee will prepare the common time-table in consultation with the
          Director of the Campus.

6.3.4     Each school committee will meet at least twice in a semester.

6.3.5     Meeting notices for the School Committee will be sent by the Chairperson of the
          School

6.3.6     The School Committee will also serve as the Board of Studies for all the Programmes
          offered by the various departments of the school. The Chairperson of the School will
          be the Chairperson of the Board of Studies. The Board of Studies will formulate and
          recommend:
          i. Eligibility criteria for admission to CBCS Programmes
          ii. Curriculum Content
          iii. Model Question Papers for each course and assessment procedure
6.4      Departmental Committee

6.4.1    There shall be a Departmental Committee consisting of all the teachers of the
         Department. The Departmental Committee shall be responsible for admission to all
         the programmes offered by the Department including conduct of entrance tests,
         verification of records, admission, and evaluation.

6.4.2    The Departmental Committee will deliberate on courses and specify the
         distribution of credits semester-wise and course-wise. For each course it will also
         specify the number of credits for lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars etc.

6.4.3    Courses (Core/Elective) are designed by teachers and approved by the Departmental
         Committees. Courses approved by the Departmental Committees shall be approved
         by the Board of Studies.

6.4.4    Course teacher: A teacher offering a course will also be responsible for maintaining
         attendance and performance sheets of all the students registered for the course.

6.4.5    Each teacher offering a course will give the attendance and performance sheets for
         Sessional Test I, Sessional Test II and End-Semester Examination to the Head of the
         Department who in turn consolidates all such performance sheets of courses
         pertaining to the programmes offered by the department. Then the School
         Committee meets to finalize the results of all courses offered under the school and
         forward the same to be processed by the Dean / CBCS office / Controller of
         Examinations.

7.       Student Advisor

         Every student will have a member of faculty of the Department as his/her student
         advisor. All teachers of the department shall function as Student Advisors and will
         have more or less equal number of students. The Student Advisor will advise the
         students in choosing Elective courses and offer all possible student support services.

8.       Discipline

         Every student is required to observe discipline and decorum both inside and outside
         the campus in accordance with the Madras University Students’ Conduct Rules

9.       Prospectus and Hand-Book

9.1      The Prospectus issued along with the application form for the Master’s / M. Phil.
         and other programmes contains (i) A profile of the University of Madras (ii) List of
         Schools of the University and programmes offered in university departments (iii)
         Eligibility Conditions for various programmes (iv) Fee Structure (Course and
         Examination fee) (v) Time-table for Entrance Examination.

9.2      The Hand Book given to students admitted to University Departments at the time of
         admission, contains

      (i) CBCS Regulations (ii) Complete List of Courses (Programme-wise) and (iii) the
          Academic Calendar for two years.
10.    Structure of Master’s Programme

       The term ‘Master’s programme is used to denote M.A., M. Sc., M. Com., M.B.A.,
       M.C.A., M.S., M.Ed. or M.L. degree programmes offered by university departments
       under CBCS.A Master’s Programme consists of:
       Core courses
       Elective courses
       Self-Study Courses (Optional, Not mandatory)
       Soft Skills
       Internship

               A course may also take the form of a Dissertation / Project work / Practical
       training / Field work / Internship / Seminar, etc.

               A Core course may carry 2 to 4 credits; an Elective / Self-study will be 3
       credits and courses on soft skills will carry 2 credits. However, a dissertation /
       project work may carry up to 6 credits; a semester-long field work may carry 10-15
       credits.

10.1   All Two -year Masters’ programmes will have the following components, viz.
       Core Courses – Minimum 60 credits
        Electives - Minimum 18 credits
         (6 x 3 credits)
       Self-study courses - Maximum 9
        credits (3x3 credits) (not mandatory)
       Soft Skills – Minimum – 8 credits
       Internship – Minimum -2 credits

       In order to qualify for a two-year master’s degree a student must acquire a minimum
       of 78 credits (60 credits from core and 18 credits from elective) and a minimum of 10
       credits from soft skills and internship (8 credit from soft skills and 2 credit from
       internship).

10.2    The three year Masters’ programme, (e.g.M.Sc./MTech./ MCA) will have the
       following components viz.

       Core Courses - Minimum 90 credits
       Elective Courses-Minimum 27 credits
       Self-study courses   -12 credits (4x3 credits) (not mandatory)
       Soft skills – Minimum 12 credits
       Internship – Minimum 3 credits

       In order to qualify for a three-year master’s degree a student must acquire a
       minimum of 117 credits (Core – minimum 90 credits and electives -minimum of 27
       credits)

10.3   Duration

       The minimum duration for completion of a two year Master’s Programme in any
       subject is four semesters. The maximum period for completion is Ten semesters
       counting from first semester.

       The minimum duration for completion of a three year Master’s Programme in any
       subject is six semesters. The maximum period for completion is Twelve semesters
       counting from first semester.
        Even if a candidate earns the required number of credits in less than 4 / 6
        semesters, he/she has to necessarily study for 4 semesters for the two years
        Master’s programme and for 6 semesters for a three year Master’s programme.

10.4    Core Courses

        Core courses are those, knowledge of which is deemed essential for students
        registered for a particular Master’s programme. Where feasible and necessary two or
        more programmes offered by the same department/school or courses offered by
        other departments may be prescribe one or more common core courses. A student
        must choose from the core courses prescribed for a particular Masters’ Programme.
        Core courses shall be spread over all the four semesters.


10.5    Elective Courses

        Elective courses are intended to:

       Allow students to specialize in one or more branches of the broad subject area; or
       Acquire knowledge and skills in a related area that may have applications in the
        broad subject area; or
       bridge any gap in the curriculum and enable acquisition of essential skills (e.g.
        statistical, computational, language, communication skills, etc); or
       Help pursue an area of interest to the student

10.6    Self-study Courses

   i.  A Department may also allow students to choose three additional courses to enable
       them to acquire extra credits through self-study (Not to be taken into account for
       awarding grades / class).
   ii. The course will be in advanced topics in a subject (core or elective) under the
       supervision of a faculty member. The student shall be required to make a minimum
       of two seminar presentations (as sessional tests for assessment) and submit a
       project report. There shall be a viva-voce examination on the report; the distribution
       of marks for the project report and viva-voce shall be 40 and 20 respectively.

10.7    Auditing

        Students will be permitted to audit two courses without assigning any credits. It is
        left to the discretion of the individual faculty members to permit students.

10.8    Soft skills and internship

        Courses in soft skills such as (i) Communication Skills (ii) Spoken English (iii)
        Knowledge of an additional Foreign Language (iv) Computer Skills and (v) Personality
        Development will enhance the professional competency and also increase the
        employment prospects of the students.
        The soft skill courses will be two or three levels(e.g. basic, advanced) A student
        must not choose a course on soft skill closely related to his/her Master’s
        programme.
        The Departmental Committee will decide which of the courses on soft skill are
        closely related to the PG programme(s) of the department.
       Internship is intended to gain practical knowledge related to the study. The duration
       is for 4-6 weeks for 2 credit and 6-8 weeks for 3 credit and it should carried out in
       an organisation recommended by the Department during the summer vacation of
       the first year. A report must be submitted.

11.    Course Registration

11.1   After admission to a Programme, a Registration Number will be assigned to every
       student by the Department.

11.2   Every student must register (in consultation with his/her advisor) for the courses
       he/she intends to undergo in that semester by applying in the prescribed proforma
       in triplicate (duly signed by the candidate, student advisor and the HOD), within the
       deadline notified in the Academic Calendar (Course titles are given in the handbook).

11.3   A student shall register for a minimum of 15 credits. However, in the final
       Semester, a student shall register for a minimum of 10 credits. Late Registration
       may be permitted by the Dean (Academic) up to two weeks after the commencement
       of the semester

11.4   Withdrawal from a course is permitted up to one week from the date of registration.

11.5   After registration, a student can drop an elective course agreed to earlier and can
       substitute it by another elective course for valid reasons with the consent of the
       Student Advisor, but before the deadline for withdrawal of courses provided that
       the candidate will be able to fulfil the required minimum attendance in the
       substitute course. Withdrawal from a course will not be permitted for those who
       undergo late registration. Cancellation of a course (Core / Elective/ Self-study) may
       be permitted before the conduct of First sessional test.

11.6   From the Second Semester onwards, registration for the courses will be done by
       students on or before a specified date in consultation with their Student Advisors. A
       student will become eligible for registration only if he/she has cleared all dues to the
       Institution, during the previous semester.

11.7   The courses registered after withdrawal should enable the student to earn a
       minimum of 15 credits.

12.    Attendance

12.1   The teacher handling a course shall be responsible for maintaining a record of
       attendance of students who have registered for the course.

12.2   All teachers shall intimate the Head of the Department at least seven calendar days
       before the last instruction day in the semester the particulars of all students who
       have less than 75% attendance in one or more courses

12.3   A candidate who has less than 75% attendance shall not be permitted to sit for the
       End-semester examination in the course in which the shortfall exists.

12.4   However, it shall be open to the Dean (Academic) to grant exemption to a candidate
       who has failed to obtain the prescribed 75% attendance for valid reasons on
       payment of prescribed fee and such exemptions shall not under any circumstances
       be granted for attendance below 65%.
12.5   The HOD shall announce the names of all students who will not be eligible to take
       the End-semester examinations in the various courses and send a copy of the same
       to the Dean’s Office. Registrations of such students for those courses shall be
       treated as cancelled. If the course is a core course, the candidate should register for
       and repeat the course when it is offered next.

13.    Examination and Evaluation

13.1   Evaluation will be done on a continuous basis, three times during each semester.
       For the purpose of uniformity, particularly for interdepartmental transfer of credits,
       there will be a uniform procedure of examination to be adopted by all teachers.
       There will be two sessional tests and one End-semester examination in each course
       during every semester.

13.2   Sessional Test I will be held during the sixth week of the semester for the syllabi
       covered till then.

13.3   Sessional Test II will be held during the eleventh Week for the syllabi covered
       between seventh and eleventh week.
13.4   Sessional tests (of one to two hours duration) may employ one or more assessment
       tools such as objective tests, assignments, paper presentation, laboratory work, etc
       suitable to the course. This requires an element of openness. The students are to be
       informed in advance about the nature of assessment. Students shall compulsorily
       attend the two sessional tests, failing which they will not be allowed to appear for
       the end semester examination. A Student cannot repeat Sessional Tests. However, if
       for any compulsive reason the student could not attend the test, the prerogative of
       arranging a special test lies with the teacher. In case of students who could not
       attend any of the sessional tests due to medical reason or under extraordinary
       circumstances, a separate test shall be conducted before the End Semester
       Examinations by the concerned faculty member.

13.5   The sessional tests will carry 40% (20%+20%) of total marks for the course.
       The marks of the two Sessional Tests shall be taken into account for the
       computation of Grades.

13.6   There shall be one End semester examination of 3 hours duration carrying 60% of
       Marks in each course covering the entire syllabus prescribed for the course. The
       End semester examination is normally a written / laboratory -based examination.
       The mode of End semester examination and evaluation will be decided by the
       teacher in consultation with the Departmental Committee. Model Question Paper
       for each course has to be prepared by the teacher and the same should be forwarded
       to the Head of the Department.

       The end-semester examination schedule will be prepared by the Head of the
       Department and displayed in the notice board at lease one-week before the
       examination. The Head of Department will fix the date for Departmental Committee
       meeting to finalise the esults.

       The course faculty must evaluate the answer scripts and submit the results to the
       Head of the Department before the Departmental/Class Committee meeting.

13.7   End semester Practical examinations shall normally be held before the theory
       examinations.
13.8   Valuation of Project Report / Dissertation and Viva-voce

       The distribution of marks for the dissertation will be as below:

       Periodical presentation -20 Marks
       Concise Dissertation - 60 Marks
       Viva-voce      --           20 Marks
              Total              100 Marks

       Dissertation / project report will be valued jointly by the supervisor and one other
       examiner within the Department/ University or from out side the University (with
       out any financial commitment on the part of the University) nominated by the Head
       of the Department. Students may be asked to make a presentation before the faculty
       members and students.

14.    Marks and Grading

       The total performance within a semester and the continuous performance from the
       second semester onwards will be indicated by a Grade Point Average (GPA),
       Weighted Average Marks (WAM) Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and Overall
       Weighted Percentage Marks (OWPM), respectively. Hence CGPA and OWPM are the
       real indicators of a student’s performance. They are calculated by the formulations
       given below:

       WAM =          ( Ci Mi ) / ( Ci ), GPA = (  Ci Gi ) / ( Ci )
       OWPM =         (  Cni Mni ) / ( Cni ),
       CGPA =         (  Cni Gni ) / ( Cni )  where

       Ci - number of credits for the ith course,
       Mi - marks obtained in the ith course
       Gi - grade point obtained in the ith course,
       Cni - number of credits of the ith course of the nth semester,
       Mni - marks of the ith course of the nth semester,
       Gni - grade points of the ith course of the nth semester

14.1   A candidate has to secure a minimum of 50 percent of marks (Two Sessional Tests
       marks plus End-Semester examination mark) in the course taken, to pass in that
       course. A candidate who has not secured a minimum of 50 percent of marks in a
       course shall be deemed to have failed in that course.

       Improvement is allowed only for the end-semester examination.

       Candidates who have passed in theory paper/papers are allowed to appear again for
       theory paper/papers only once in order to improve his/her marks, by paying the fee
       prescribed from time to time within a maximum period prescribed thereto, counting
       from his/her first semester of his/her admission. If candidates improve his/her
       marks, then his/her improved marks will be taken into consideration for the award
       of classification only. Such improved marks will not be counted for the award of
       Prizes/Medals, Rank and Distinction. If the candidate does not show improvement
       in the marks, his/her previous marks will be taken into consideration.

       No candidate will be allowed to improve marks in the Practicals, Project, Viva-voce,
       Field work.
14.2   A student with arrears can repeat End semester examinations for a maximum of
       three times (excluding the first appearance), along with the subsequent End
       semester examinations. The Sessional Marks obtained by the student will be carried
       over for declaring the result.

14.3   Final semester students of the Post-graduate programmes shall be allowed to appear
       for arrear papers in July each year.

14.4   A student who has passed in all the core courses and the minimum number of
       electives prescribed for the programme and earned a minimum of 72/108 credits
       will be considered to have passed the Master’s Programme.

14.5   The successful students are classified as follows:

       I Class        - 60 in OWPM
       II Class       - 50 and above but below 60 in OWPM

       Students who obtain 75 and above in OWPM shall be deemed to have passed the
       Examination in FIRST CLASS (Outstanding) provided they have passed all the
       courses prescribed at the first appearance.

14.6   Grading System

       The term grading system indicates a Six (6) point scale of evaluation of the
       performances of students in terms of marks, grade points, letter grade and class.

14.6.1 The marks and the grades obtained in the courses corresponding to the best 72
       credits including the best 54 core credits and the best 18 credits for electives will be
       taken into consideration account in arriving at the OWPM (for two year Masters’
       Programme).

14.6.2 The marks and the grades obtained in the courses corresponding to the best 108
       credits including the best 81 core credits the best 27 credits for electives will be
       taken into account in arriving at the OWPM (for three year Masters’ Programme).



        OWPM                       Letter Grade              Class
        75 – 100                              O              Outstanding
        65-74                                 A+             First
        60-64                                 A              First
        55-59                                 B+             Second
        50-54                                 B              Second
        0-49                                  F              Fail

14.6.3 Ranking

       Ranks should be awarded for candidates who have passed all papers in the first
       attempt only. The first three ranks in every Master’s programme will be decided on
       the basis of Over all Weighted Percentage of Marks (OWPM) of the Core and Elective
       courses only. In the case of Five-Year Master’s Programme, separate classification,
       grading and ranking will be awarded for Part I Foundation courses and Part IV
       Social Orientation course.
14.6.4 Course-wise Letter Grades

       The percentage of marks obtained by a candidate in a course will be indicated in a
       letter grade. A student is considered to have completed a course successfully and
       earned the prescribed credits if he/she secures a letter grade other than F. A letter
       grade F in any course implies a failure in that course.

14.6.5 The F grade once awarded stays in the grade card of the student and is not deleted
       even when he/she completes the course successfully later. The grade acquired later
       by the student will be indicated in the grade sheet of the subsequent semester in
       which the candidate has appeared for clearance of the arrears.

14.6.6 A student who secures F grade in a core course has to pass it compulsorily. A
       candidate who does not pass a core course in the stipulated period (eight / ten
       semesters as the case may be from the year of admission), may be permitted to re-
       register for the same course or a substitute core course by paying the prescribed fee
       when it is offered next in consultation with the student advisor.

14.6.7 If a student who secures F grade in an elective wants to change the elective he/she
       has to register by paying the prescribed fee and attend the classes for that course
       when it is offered

14.6.8 Any candidate who falls short of the required number of credits for the award of the
       degree may be permitted to register, by paying the prescribed re-registration fee, for
       the required number of courses (core and / or elective) when it is offered

14.6.9 If a student secures F grade in the Project Work / Dissertation, either he/she shall
       improve it and resubmit it if it involves only rewriting/incorporating the revisions
       suggested by the evaluators or the student can re-register by paying the prescribed
       re-registration fee and complete the same in the subsequent semesters.

14.6.10 Conversion of Percentage of Marks to Grade points

       The percentage of marks obtained by a student in a course will be indicated by a
       grade point and a letter grade. A Six (6) point scale is used for the evaluation of the
       performance of the student as given below:


                       Marks           Grade Point         Letter Grade
                       75-100            5.50-6.00              O
                       65-74             4.50-5.49              A+
                       60-64             4.00-4.49              A
                       55-59             3.50-3.99              B+
                       50-54             3.00-3.49              B
                        0-49             0.00-2.99              F

       The multiplication factors of 0.02 per mark between 75 and 100 marks, 0.11 per
       mark between 65 and 74, 0.1225 per mark between 50 and 64 and 0.061 per mark
       between 0 and 49 may be applied in calculating the exact Grade Point. These
       multiplication factors should not be applied to OWPM for conversion to CGPA.
 14.6.11Grade Card

     The Grade Card issued at the end of the semester to each student will contain the
 following:

     a. The marks obtained for each course registered in the semester
     b. The credits earned for each course registered for that semester
     c. The performance in each course indicated by the letter Grade
     d. The Grade Point Average (GPA) and Weighted Average Marks (WAM) of all the
        courses registered for that semester and
     e. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), Overall Weighted Percentage of Marks
        (OWPM), the class and grade of all the courses, after completing the programme.




 Illustration:   CUMULATIVE GRADE STATEMENT

                                                Marks
  Course                            Credits                Grade      Letter
                  Course Title                 Secured                          Result
   Code                             earned                 Point      Grade
                                              (Max100)
First Semester
EAS C001       Geomorphology          4          70         5.05       A+        PASS
EAS C002                              4          60         4.00       A         PASS
EAS C003                               4         80         5.60        O        PASS
EAS E004                               3         75         5.50        O        PASS
EAS E005                               3         75         5.50        O        PASS
Grade Point Average                   18        71.67       5.09
Weighted Average Marks
Second Semester
EAS C006                               4         60         4.00       A         PASS
EAS C007                               4         60         4.00       A         PASS
EAS E008                               3         55         3.50       B+        PASS
EAS E009                               3         75         5.50       O         PASS
EAS C010                               4         70         5.05       A+        PASS
Grade Point Average    / Weighted     18        63.89       4.40
Average Marks

Third Semester
EAS C011                               3         70         5.05       A+      PASS
EAS C012                               3         65         4.50       A+      PASS
EAS C013                               3         65         4.50       A+      PASS
EAS C014                               3         60         4.00       A       PASS
EAS E015                               3         60         4.00       A       PASS
EAS E016                               3         55         3.50       B+      PASS
Grade Point Average    / Weighted     18        62.50       4.26
Average Marks
Fourth Semester
EAS C017                              6          60         4.00       A       PASS
EAS C018                              2          70         5.05       A+      PASS
EAS C019                              2          80         5.60       O       PASS
EAS C020                              2          85         5.70       O       PASS
EAS C021                              3          94         5.88       O       PASS
EAS C022                              3          65         4.50       A+      PASS
TOTAL
Grade Point Average    / Weighted     18        72.61       4.88
                                                   Marks
  Course                               Credits                  Grade      Letter
                   Course Title                   Secured                             Result
   Code                                earned                   Point      Grade
                                                 (Max100)
Average Marks
Cumulative Grade Point Average           72        67.67        4.66                First Class
(CGPA) /
Overall Weighted Percentage of Marks
(OWPM)


 (First Class and ‘A+’ Grade)

 15.     Performance sheets, Results and Student Redress:

 15.1    The system of evaluation shall be transparent and students shall have the right to
         examine their marked answer scripts and for redress. The teacher of a course shall
         give the attendance and performance sheets for Sessional Test I, Sessional Test II
         and End-Semester Examination to the head of the department who in turn
         consolidates all such sheets pertaining to the programmes offered by the
         department. The School Committee shall then meet to finalize the results of all
         courses offered under the school and forward the same to be processed by the Dean
         / CBCS office / Controller of Examinations.

 15.2    After finalization of results by the School Committee, the letter grades awarded to
         the students in each course shall be announced on the departmental notice board.


 15.3    In case any student feels aggrieved, he/she can contact the concerned teacher for a
         second look at his/her performance within one week after departmental notification.

 15.4    The aggrieved student may be shown his/her answer papers in the end semester
         examination by the teacher concerned. If the teacher feels that the case is genuine,
         he/she can re-examine and forward the revised grade, if any, to the Dean (Academic)
         through the Chairman of the School Committee with justification for the revision
         and with intimation to the Head of the Department. Revision should be done before
         the document reaches the Dean / Controller of Examinations.

 15.5    The Controller of Examinations will accept the recommendations of the School
         Committee in respect of the Final Results and will publish the same and issue Mark
         and Grade Statements to the Students.


 16. MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAMMES

 16.1 Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) Degree Programme is offered by many departments
      of the University.

 16.2 The minimum duration for completion of M. Phil. in a discipline is two semesters and
      the maximum duration is four semesters.

 16.3 The M. Phil. Degree is awarded if a student has

          Registered, undergone and secured the required minimum number of credits for
           the core and elective courses including Dissertation specified in the
           corresponding programme within the stipulated time;
        Secured the required attendance;
        No dues to the University, Hostel or Library;
        No disciplinary action pending against him/her

16.4   Structure of the Programme

       The M. Phil. Programme consists of:

       Core courses which are mandatory for all students
       Elective courses which students can choose from amongst the courses offered
       within the department or in other departments of the University or in other
       Approved Institutions.

       Dissertation (Mandatory)

16.5   The distribution of credits will be as below:

       i)   Core Courses - Minimum two courses carrying 5 credits each (10 or more
            credits)
       ii) Electives carrying 5 credits each - No minimum
       iii) Dissertation 21 Credits

       The total number of credits for core and electives shall be 15. Within this broad
       framework different M. Phil. programmes may prescribe and adopt one of the
       following two patterns:

               2 core courses (10 credits) plus one elective (5 credits)
               3 core courses (15 credits)

       The research topic for the dissertation may be finalized even at the beginning of the
       M. Phil Programme, so that the collection of relevant literature and research design
       could be completed in the First semester leaving the entire Second Semester for the
       research work. The course registration for dissertation shall be in the First semester
       and a separate registration form shall be used for Registration.

16.6   The departmental committee will specify the credits for core courses (including
       dissertation and Viva-voce) but the minimum will be 36 credits.

16.7   Evaluation of the dissertation

16.7.1 The dissertation shall be jointly valued by the supervisor and one external examiner.
       The external examiner is to be drawn from:

       i) An affiliated college within the city of Chennai; or
       ii) Any         accredited        institution         of      higher       education
           and / or research within Chennai
       The viva-voce examination on the dissertation shall be jointly conducted by the
       supervisor and the external examiner. The distribution of marks shall be as under:

      20% marks for Periodical presentation (to be evaluated and awarded by the
       supervisor)
      60% marks for the Dissertation
      20% marks for Viva-voce
16.7.2 The last date for submission of Dissertation shall be 31 st August every year without
       penalty. Those who do not submit the dissertation in time may be given an
       extension of a maximum of two months with a penal fee prescribed by the University
       (i.e. up to 31st October). There shall be no further extension of time beyond this
       period. Any student failing to submit the dissertation within this period will be
       permitted to submit the dissertation only in the next academic year along with
       the subsequent batch of students.

16.8         Regulations of M. Phil. Programme

             The rules and regulations governing course registration, attendance and discipline of
             students for M. Phil. Programme shall be the same as for the Master’s Programme.

16.9         Evaluation

             The process of evaluation, examination, grading, etc for the M. Phil. programme
             shall be the same as for Master’s programme except for the dissertation; However,
             Final semester students of the M. Phil. should be allowed to appear for examinations
             in any arrear papers in the month of September / October each year.


Illustration: M. Phil. CUMULATIVE GRADE STATEMENT

     Semester and          Course         Credits   Marks Secured   Grade      Letter
                                                                                          Result
        Course             Number         earned      (Max.100)     Point      Grade
 First Semester
 Core                 EAS C001         5                 70          5.05        A+      PASS
 Core                 EAS C002         5                 60          4.00        A       PASS
 Elective             EAS E001         5                 75          5.50        O       PASS
 Grade Point Average (GPA) /           15               68.33        4.85
 Weighted Average Marks(WAM)
 Second Semester
 Dissertation and EAS C003             21                64          4.49         A      PASS
 Viva-voce
 Grade Point Average (GPA) /           21                64          4.49
 Weighted Average Marks(WAM)
 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)                  65.81        4.64        A+      First
          36                                                                             Class
 Overall Weighted Percentage Marks(OWPM)


First Class and ‘A+’ Grade


17     POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA/DIPLOMA/ CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES

17.1 The Process of Post Graduate Diploma/Diploma/ Certificate Programmes

       The procedures for the P.G. Diploma, Diploma and Certificate Programmes such as
course registration, etc will be similar to those applicable to the Master’s programme.

17.2         P. G. Diploma Programmes

        i.      Eligibility: A Graduate
        ii.      P.G. Diploma programme may be offered as a full-time programme or as a part-
                 time add-on programme. The number of credits for a P.G. Diploma programme
                 shall be 36 credits
       iii.      The courses prescribed for a P. G. Diploma programme may be fully independent
                 of the courses for the master’s programme. Alternatively a Department may
                 include some of the courses (core or Electives) offered under the Master’s
                 programme in the P.G. Diploma programme. The Departmental / School
                 committee shall decide on the exact structure and content of the P.G. Diploma
                 programme conforming to the above broad structure.
        iv.      The minimum duration of a PG. Diploma programme shall be 2 semesters (Full-
                 time) or 3 or 4 semesters (Part-Time). The maximum period for completion is
                 four semesters for Full-time programmes and Six semesters for 3 or 4 semester
                 programmes respectively counting from first semester.
        v.       Passing minimum for Post Graduate Diploma programme shall be 50% of marks
                 in each paper/course.
17.3          Diploma Programmes

   i)         A Diploma programme shall carry 18 credits distributed as under:
              Core Courses – 18 credits
   ii} The minimum duration of a Diploma programme shall be
        one semester (full-time) or two semesters    (Part-time). The maximum period for
        completion is Two semesters for Full-time programmes and Four semesters for Part-
        time programmes counting from first semester.
   iii) Passing minimum for Diploma programme shall be 40% of marks in each
        paper/course.
17.4          Short-term Certificate Programmes


  i) Certificate programme shall carry 9 credits.
  ii) The duration of a certificate programme shall be one semester (Part-time) or 10 weeks
      full-time. The maximum period for completion is two semesters counting from first
      semester.
  iii) Passing minimum for Certificate programme shall be
          40% of marks in each paper/course.

				
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