Students seeking admission to BCom courses across the city in colleges affiliated to Calcutta University will now have a completely overhauled syllabus, course content and examination system. CU has given the go-ahead to introduce both semester and choice-based-credit transfer-system (CBCS) to the BCom course from the 2017-2018 session.
Students taking up Honours subjects in commerce will now have to appear in a 2600-marks examination spread over six semesters instead of the 1800 till now. Similarly, for students going for the Pass course, the marks will be 2300 instead of 1600.
Under the Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course, two papers will be taught and 200 marks are allotted for this examination. Similarly, students will also have to study two papers on Skill Enhancement Elective Course for 200 marks. The Generic Elective course will have four papers totalling 400 marks, core courses will have 14 papers for 1400 marks and finally, Discipline Specific Elective with four papers (400 marks) will be included in the Honours course spread over six semesters.
“We have tried to strictly adhere to the University Grants Commission circular, based on which we have introduced CBCS as well as the semester system this year,” said a senior official of the university.
He added: “As the system will be spread over six semesters, the load on students will be much less than the regular curriculum. Examinations will be held twice a year. We will now decide on the modalities of holding the exam. However, it is confirmed to be held in a decentralized manner.”
One of the biggest challenges for CU is to hold two examinations each year and bring out results on time. “Ideally, we will have to publish each result in 45 days. Presently, sometimes the results for Part I, Part II and Part III are brought out even after 90 days because of several challenges. It will be difficult to maintain the timeline of 45 days,” said a source.
CU has decided to introduce the skill development paper on computer accounting and e-filing of tax returns. “It is a unique paper to enhance the skill of students. It is compulsory for all those taking admission in BCom. There are four groups — accounting and finance-related papers, marketing-related subjects, taxation-related subjects and papers on computer application/e-business in the four groups,” explained the source.
The marksheet will have a nine-point grade along with marks mentioned beside each grade. “The grades are Outstanding (O) for students securing 90 and above, Excellent (A+) for 80-89, Very good (A) for 70-79, Good (B+) for 60-69, Above average (B) for 50-59, Average (C) for 40-49, Pass (D) for 30-39, Fail (F) and Absent (AB),” said senior official of faculty council.
Though initially the faculty council of CU wanted to increase the minimum criteria for application for BCom courses from this session, the matter has been put on hold. “One credit means one lecture hour for theoretical papers and there will be one credit hour for tutorial for each of theoretical papers or subjects. For practical lab-based papers, one credit represents two practical periods and there will be no tutorial for practical papers/subjects,” said the source.
CU will roll out CBCS and semester both in UG courses in commerce only this session. Next year, it will be replicated in other UG streams.