The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher education institutions to take the necessary steps to approve the curriculum and credit framework for the undergraduate (UG) programs.
It is pertinent to mention here that the UGC has revised the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) as per the recommendation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and developed a curriculum and credit framework for UG programs.
According to UGC, the new student-centered “Curriculum and Credit Framework for Undergraduate Programs (CCFUP)” has incorporated a flexible choice-based credit system, a multidisciplinary approach, and multiple entry and exit options. This will facilitate students to advance their career path by choosing the subject/field of interest.
Main features of the new curriculum framework
Flexibility to transfer from one field of study to another.
Possibility for students to choose the courses of their interest in all disciplines.
Multiple entry and exit options with a UG certificate / UG diploma / or diploma, depending on the number of credits obtained
Students are given flexibility to move from one institution to another for multi- and/or interdisciplinary learning
Flexibility to switch to alternative learning modes (offline, ODL and online learning, and hybrid learning modes).
Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) regulations and multiple entry and exit guidelines are already in place to facilitate implementation of the proposed “Curriculum and Credit Framework for Undergraduate Programs.”
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Semester / credits
There are 90 working days in a semester and an academic year is divided into two semesters. A summer period is for eight weeks during the summer holidays. Internship/apprenticeship/work-oriented vocational education and training can be carried out during the summer period, especially by students who want to leave their studies after two semesters or four semesters.
Regular courses may also be offered at an accelerated pace during the summer, allowing students to take additional courses or clear course backlogs.
Awarding RUG certificate, RUG diploma and degrees
UG certificate: Students who choose to transfer after completing the first year and who have obtained 40 credits will receive a University of Groningen certificate if they also complete one vocational course of 4 credits during the summer holidays of the first year. These students may re-enter the program within three years and complete the program within the set period of a maximum of seven years.
UG diploma: Students who choose to stop after completing the second year and who have obtained 80 credits will receive the RUG diploma if they also complete one vocational course of 4 credits during the summer holidays of the second year. These students may re-enter within a period of three years and complete the program within the maximum period of seven years.
3-year UG degree: Students who wish to follow a 3-year RUG program will receive the RUG Diploma in the Major discipline after successful completion of three years, obtaining 120 credits and meeting the minimum credit requirement.
4-year RUG degree (cum laude): A four-year UG Honors degree in the major discipline is awarded to those who have completed a four-year program with 160 credits and have met the credit requirements
4-year RUG degree (cum laude with research): Students who achieve 75% or higher in the first six semesters and wish to conduct research at the bachelor’s level can choose a research stream in the fourth year. They must be doing a research project or dissertation under the supervision of a university/college faculty member.
The research project/dissertation will be in the major discipline. The students who complete 160 credits, including 12 credits of a research project/dissertation, will receive a UG (Honours with Research) degree.