Pune: In a major decision at the Academic Council meeting held on Tuesday at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), the choice-based credit system at the university will be reviewed.
The decision was taken owing to inadequate manpower and lack of choices students can make from the available subjects.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Head of International Centre, Prof Vijay Khare said, "The choice-based credit system will be reviewed as we have found that students have failed to score 20 credits at the department level. Besides, there is inadequate staff and hardly any choices for students to make in each subject."
He added, "The University Grants Commission (UGC) is set to increase 10 more credits, but we are already reeling under these problems, so the decision to review it was made.
Currently, the university has 100 credits for Masters in Science and 64 credits in Social Sciences and Humanities."
Other decisions made at the meeting include 40 per cent aggregate passing marks for law students. Earlier, they had to score 35 per cent in each subject and 50 per cent aggregate marks. Besides, the law colleges will conduct the first year examination for Bachelors of Law (LLB) wherein the university will set the question paper, while colleges will do the assessment. This was taken as part of autonomy, Khare said. A question bank for students will be made.
As the government has introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST), from this year it will be included under MBA and MCom courses as a new subject from this term, while Diploma in Taxation Law (DTL) will be introduced from the new academic year.
Another new course of 'Diploma in Disaster Management and National Security' under the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies in SPPU has been approved by the Academic Council. A course on Hospitality and Facilities Management too will be introduced.