The first batch of under-graduate students who will study under the semester mode in Jamia Millia Islamia,started classes on Monday.
Kanika,a first-year student,said she was happy that the university had switched to the semester system because it would make classes more interesting.
Around 6,000 students enter Jamia at the under-graduate level every year. The university adopted the semester mode for its post-graduate courses in 2010 and did not face any issues at the time,Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung said.
The switch had been in the pipeline for more than a year,said Jung,but the implementation took time as the entire curriculum had to be re-written according to the specific demands of each course.
The dynamics of a class change and there is an attitudinal shift in a student under this system, he said. Jung said the issue will be credit transfers as the semester mode also brings in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) into place.
Teachers at Jamia believe that regular assessment is a natural outcome of the semester system. The advent of stringent division between teaching weeks necessitates examinations or some form of assessment every now and then. More importantly,it departs from the annual mode of assessment whereby the students are assessed only once (at the end of the year), said Simi Malhotra,who teaches English at the Faculty of Humanities.
President of Jamia Teachers Association M S Bhat said the shift to the semester system will be an additional work load for teachers,as at least one-third (first year students) of the university will be operating under the semester mode and two-third (second and third year) under the annual mode. The teachers are ready to take it up as this is in the larger interest of the student community, he said.