The principals of the Bangalore University affiliated colleges wants to change the pattern of the four year BS degree course.
Bangalore University is anxious to introduce the four year BS degree course from the current academic year.
Earlier, it was cancelled by the University, due to the lack of facilities.
In a meeting with university officials and principals of the affiliated colleges, the principals proposed a change in the pattern of the four year degree course with respect to the number of optional subjects the students would be studying in the third year or the fifth semester.
B.S. Srikanta, president of the Bangalore University First Grade College Principals' Association, and principal of the RBANM's First Grade College, said principals of nearly 200 colleges had participated in the meeting. An important point that was discussed was the workload of teachers. To achieve a balance, the principals have asked for the number of optionals in the third year (fifth and sixth semesters) to remain three, instead of two as proposed by the BU.
"The proposal to introduce four-year courses is very good, especially from the point of view of those who are planning to study abroad or during recruitment. But we have asked for the number of optional subjects to be three. The BU's proposal is to reduce this to two while the other two papers will be a foundation course and a skill-based course. We have asked the proposal to be tweaked to three optionals and one skill-based paper," Prof. Srikanta said.
The proposed pattern would have multiple exit options. Student can exit his degree in third year. If any of the candidates wish to continue, they will specialise in a particular subject and earn an honours degree.
Those candidates who finish the fourth year will be eligible to compete postgraduate course in one year instead of two years.
The Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University, B. Thimme Gowda said the proposal will be put forth before the academic council at its meeting on 19th March 2014, along with the changes, for the council's approval.