What is the New UGC Approved FYUP Curricular Framework & Credit System?

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By Dr. Faheem Syeed Masoodi

THE University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday published draft guidelines of the course structure for the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) recommended in the National Education Policy.

The publication titled “Curricular Framework and Credit System for Four-year Undergraduate Programme”  lays out a framework for institutions to create their 160 credit FYUP and proposes common introductory courses within areas like arts, natural sciences, humanities, social sciences; ethics of social engagement; soft skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, communication skills, regional languages, English, Yoga, Artificial Intelligence and data analytics, among others  that students will take up in first three semesters.

The student will choose her major and minor subjects for the degree at the end of semester 3, which will be assigned based on her interest and academic achievement. The major will allow students to pursue a more in-depth study of a specific subject or area. The majors offered would have 48 credits of course requirements and the minor course will be 32 credit hours long, including 16 credit hours for each minor. Undergraduate students will also have the option of taking two "minor” courses to broaden their horizons by studying multidisciplinary areas. In the last two semesters, the FYUP enrolled student will be required to take up research-oriented advanced courses, research methodology courses and research internship. A total of 160 credit hours will be required for a student to finish the four-year programme.

The Ministry of Education has stated that the four year academic programme will be divided into eight semesters and each semester will be of 90 day duration. The proposed draft allows students to pick from a variety of learning models.Students will be able to transfer between institutions and switch between face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning modes under the proposed system. With multiple entry and exit options, a student can earn a certificate, a diploma, or degree with or without honors, depending on the number of credits secured. There would be no strict distinctions between "arts and sciences", "curricular and extracurricular" activities, "vocational and academic streams" and so on. Across the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and sports, a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to education will be used.

The proposed draft, on the basis of learning outcomes, level of difficulty and academic rigor, assigns a code to each course. The coding structure consists of eight different coding sets for various pre-requisite, foundation, intermediate, high-level and advanced courses including courses for Masters and doctoral students.

UGC has sought suggestions on the draft from the teachers, students, and subject experts till April 4, 2022 and the same may be sent to https://forms.gle/MKgbpLLrayibE36m6   

  • The author is Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Kashmir 

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