The main aim of the CBCS is to make the students self reliant and prepare themselves for a bright and satisfying career as also expand their knowledge base. It is believed that several challenges of Higher Education can be met by Having an interdisciplinary curriculum By bridging the gap between professional and liberal education, leading to Higher employability Giving students chance for higher mobility Increasing higher collaboration between Universities and industry, fostering Innovations.
Students can Learn at their own pace, choose electives from a wider range of courses and adopt an interdisciplinary approach in learning. They will have a chance to undergo additional courses and acquire more than just required number of credits and even look for transfer of credits intra/inter universities both in India and abroad Further through Project work, and vocational training enhance their skills leading to better employability. The structure of the courses are divided into three catagories: Core, Elective and Foundation Core elective , General elective Compulsory Foundation Elective foundation Discipline Centric or Open elective Knowledge enhancement Value based, increasing soft skills
Make students aware of the way answers to be written for getting good grades In their examinations Introduce them for possible applications, in technology as well as in understanding allied subjects Increase their knowledge base and widen their horizons leading to research and innovation Workshops of the kind we are planning are supposed to uniformise the pattern of evaluation, for different subjects, through intensive discussions among the teacher participants . This would ensure that all students get proper justice and NO Reassessments would be required.
The second point requires good discussions among the teacher groups and “ Out of the box “ thinking. This is very important as only then the students would get exposed to ‘inter disciplinary’ approach and become judicious in selecting proper ‘electives’. The third segment is mainly aimed at creating a research atmosphere, and motivate the college teacher work force –’research oriented’. Teaching and Research have to go hand in hand as only then the student population would have the benefit of latest innovations in technology and the expanding horizons of Knowledge. Resource persons, acting as mentors , may need to be quite specific to impart and inspire the need for the ‘research input’, into the normal class room teaching, with examples where ever possible, so that the participants can really start putting effort into include Research as a component in their routine course planning.
Expectations from the participants Form teams of Resource persons , subject wise We need at least ten to twelve in each group, to cater for two different workshops to be arranged in different locations. As this is a state level program, the geographical distribution may have to be a consideration while forming the teams. Purpose of the CBCS ,being a holistic learning process, the design of the workshop Content should take into account not only the essentials of the subject as a whole but also give students a perspective of the available resources both reference books wise and as well as from electronic media.
It is possible that the syllabi for different subjects, may have some variations from one University to another. With this in mind, we propose that the content part of the workshops deal with themes associated with different units of the three year course rather than going by units alone. Thematic development will also give a chance to possibly divide the units into very fundamental, advanced and applied aspects of a given subject and this will help resource persons to exchange/share inter and intra subject concepts, which can be useful in identifying the requirements for elective courses for the students. One of the other expectations from the groups is the development of ‘question banks, and particularly of MCQs. This material will be of high importance for developing the practice of ‘On line Examinations’, which in due course of time may become imperative. To increase the use of ICT in the learning process, it will be very necessary to prepare E-learning material, in every subject ,and if this can be achieved at the level of Workshop participants with some guidance from the mentors , the enthusiasm of the Teaching community for bringing it to their students will get higher and implementable .