Universities to introduce Semester, Grading System from 2015-16

Bhubaneswar, Jan 13: Odisha government would implement the semester and grading system from 2015-16 academic year in all the universities and degree colleges of the state.

At a meeting of vice chancellors of universities of the state, it was decided that the new system of semester and grading would be introduced abolishing the division system from all the universities and degree college in Odisha.

As per the decision, there would be different grades as per the percentages scored by the students. The percentage between 90.1 to 100 would be O (Outstanding), 80.1 to 90 A+ (Excellent), 70.1 to 80 (Very Good), 60.1 to 70 B+ (Good), 50.1 to 60 B (Above Average), 50 to 55 C (Average), 40 to 50 P (Pass) and below 40 would be graded F (Fail) or AB (Absentee).

The courses of studies would be divided into semesters. The students would be promoted to the next semester after clearing one semester.

The government would also introduce the Choice-based credit system (CBCS) and semester wise examination pattern from the academic year 2015-2016. According to this system, 60% of the core papers for students would be mandatory and 40% would be optional (electives). The system would give more options to the students while choosing the subjects. The students would be allowed to take up the courses of their choice.

The move came after the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked the 400 universities across India to introduce semester courses and grading system from the next academic session after at a meeting held between the HRD minister Smriti Irani and state education ministers last week.