The University of Pune (UoP) will now have a credit-based evaluation system from the academic session beginning 2013 for all undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. Until now the system was used in a few postgraduate courses at the varsity that followed the semester system.
The credit system will put more focus on internal evaluations. UoP Vice-Chancellor W N Gade said,The decision was taken to ensure that our students dont face a problem while seeking admissions to foriegn universities as application forms there need a students grades and not numerical marks. The marksheets or gradesheets will have credit-based grades printed on them instead of marks from the academic session starting 2013.
He said on the reverse side,formula for conversion of grades to marks will also be printed. This has been decided keeping in mind that various universities in India still follow the numerical marks system. We need to be compatible with both Indian and international systems. This will allow flexibility to teachers also in terms of evaluation and we will be able to move away from the system that allows difference of a few marks to judge students rather than a range that is based on the skills assessment of students, he said.
UoP has had the grades system in certain postgraduate courses for the last 10 years now. The decision was taken by the state government in April this year on the basis of the recommendations of the core committee of vice-chancellors of various varsities set up by the UGC.
So far Mumbai University and SNDT University were the only two institutions in the state to have the grade system.
Marathwada Mitra Mandals College of Commerce principal M D Lawrence said,The idea is good as it is a student-centric approach. But the implementation needs to be planned. So far we havent received any official communication from the UoP. The University will have to ensure that issues of a uniform syllabus,internal evaluation techniques and teaching methodology across colleges are taken care of.
Harish Bhave,a student who has applied to various universities in the UK and US,said,I had to go through a really lengthy and gruelling process while submitting my forms.
My application was rejected at various universities because they were not very sure about the marks system in India and want to see grades in the documents.