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Academic System

Support Services through study centers: Study centers are being set up all over the country and abroad to provide the candidates a platform to interact with counselors, other candidates and for use of the library. Candidates would be getting personal attention at these centers in addition to the hands-on-training on computers at these centers.

Program Delivery
A multi-form of instruction has been adopted, comprising of:

a) Print material: Study material for all subjects, which are supplied in the form of books
b) Counseling Sessions: Will be held at Study centers, to suit the convenience of candidates.
c) Practical Sessions: Will also be held at the study centers
d) Assignments: For assessment, evaluation and for feedback of comprehension of study material.
e) Project work: To enable the candidate to gain an insight into independent working on a practical
project.

Credit System
The University follows the Credit System’ for its under-graduate and post-graduate
programmes. Each credit entails approximately 30 hours of study comprising of all activities. Thus, a 3-credit course involves 90 study hours. This helps the candidates to understand the academic efforts one has to put in suitably to complete the course.

Face to Face Program: Experiments , practical , labs and workshop intensive programmes such as
Engineering are not conducive through distance education mode , hence face to face mode is introduced where a student has an opportunity to complete the theory contents of the subjects in the class rooms of the study centers through competent faculties during flexi hours or in part time mode and practical , labs , experiments and workshop assignments are completed in an Institution having the required Infrastructure For Example – An AICTE approved Engineering college or an Engineering polytechnic with whom the local study centre has an arrangement for the completion of practical content.

Instructional System
The methodology of instruction in this Open University is different from that of the conventional Universities. The Open University system is more learner-oriented, so much so, the candidate has to be invariably an active participant in the teaching-learning process. The University follows a multichannel approach for instructions suitably comprising of the following:
a) Self-instructional Printed
b) Audio and Video Material
c) Website information
d) Face-to-face Counseling at study centers by Academic Counselors
e) Assignments
f) Field based Projects

To start with, the courses will be delivered on Internet, conventional distance education mode and face to face mode. In due course, it will shift more and more towards on-line interaction between teacher and the taught. Skill and dexterity will be inculcated right from the beginning though interactive computer applications.

Self Instructional Material: Printed materials are the primary form of instructional materials. These are supplied to the candidates in the form of booklets. Therefore, candidates have to relay mainly upon the printed materials, which are sent to them through the study centers. The printed materials would be sufficient to the extent of about 70% to 75% to write any assignment and prepare for the term-end examinations. However, candidates are strongly advised to refer to other sources and texts, suggested under each unit in order to get a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter.

Counseling Sessions
In distance education, face-to-face contact between the learners and their tutors/ counselors is relatively less and therefore counseling is an important activity. The purpose of such a contact is to answer some of the questions and clarify doubts, which may not be possible through any other means of communication. There are experienced academic counselors at the study centers to provide counseling and guidance in the courses that are chosen for study. The candidate will be informed of the program schedule details by the study center Coordinators.

It should be noted that the counseling sessions would be very different from the classroom teaching or lectures. Counseling does not mean delivering lectures as in conventional teaching. Counselors will try to help overcome academic difficulties which one may face while going through the programmes. In these sessions one must try to resolve subject based difficulties and any other related problems.

Before the candidate attends the counseling session, he/she should go through the course material and make notes of the points to be discussed. Unless the units are gone through, there may not be much to discuss. The Coordinators of the respective study center will make the detail schedule of the counseling session known to the candidates. Usually, at least 10% of the credit hours will be earmarked for the counseling
session.

Assignments:
Assignments are an integral part of distance learning. The main purpose of assignments is to test the candidate’s comprehension of the learning materials received from the University and also to help better comprehension the courses by providing feedback. The information given in the printed course materials should be sufficient for answering the assignments. However, the candidate may have to refer to other books and references given in the course material to have a comprehensive knowledge of the subject. But the assignments are generally designed in such a way as to help to concentrate mainly on the printed course material with a fleeting touch to other references. The candidate may also note the following points:

a) It is compulsory to submit the assignments and will not be allowed to appear for the term-end examination of a course if one does not submit the specified number of assignments in respective courses on time.
b) All assignments should be submitted to the respective study centers
c) The assignment responses should be complete in all respects. Before submission the candidate should ensure that one has answered all the questions in the assignments. Incomplete answer sheets will fetch poor grades/marks.
d) The study center has the right to reject the assignments received after due date. Hence, the candidate is advised to submit the same before the due date.
d) A copy of the valued assignments will be returned to the candidates along with the marks/grades and the written comments, which serve as a learning exercise for the candidates. f) Two per cent (2%) of the evaluated Assignments by the Academic Counselors will be reviewed by the University from time to time.

Practical Training
Considerable importance is given to hands-on training on computers in this program. A set of practical exercise for subjects which need laboratory work is available at the study centers as also on the website. Candidate needs to do this practical exercise under the guidance of their study center faculty. Major part of the contact hours at the study centers will be devoted to this laboratory work.

Grading System

Letter Grade (%)

Qualitative level

Point Grade

Percent

A Excellent 5 80% & above
B Very Good 4 79 %
C Good 3 54-64 %
D Satisfactory 2 40-54 %
E Unsatisfactory 1 Below 40 %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class declaration

80% and above Distinction
64% and above but below 79% First Class
54% and above but below 64% Second Class
40% and above but below 54% Third Class
Less than 40 % Fail


Evaluation System and Pattern of Examination

Internal and External Evaluation – Each Candidate shall be examined and evaluated internally by the study center and externally by the University in the ratio of 25:75 for undergraduate programmes and 20:80 for post gradate programmes respectively with the mandatory condition of passing in each internal as well as external evaluation with minimum of 40% marks independently.

 


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