IDOL adopts credit-based semester system

Equal weightage to book and practical knowledge

The Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of Mumbai University (MU) is introducing a credit-based semester system for all 14 disciplines it offers.

Guidelines formulated will be soon sent to the advisory committee for approval.

IDOL director D Harichandan said it was an optimised system that gave equal weightage to book and practical knowledge. "We understand that a large number of IDOL students are working, but our programmes are being exploited for the sake of a degree. The credit-based system for distance education will stop this."

While IDOL introduced the system for MCA and MA in Education this year, Harichandan said new guidelines were being formulated and viability of the system for other subjects was being checked.

"We may not adopt the 60:40 pattern for regular courses of MU and affiliated colleges, it may not suit the IDOL set-up. We are looking at 70:30 (70 marks for written exam and 30 for assignments) or 80:20," said Harichandan.

He said IDOL was looking at ways to introduce the system without putting additional burden on teachers. The advisory committee would be consulted before sending the proposal to the academic and management council for final approval, said Harichandan.

Officials said the credit system would benefit students and reduce workload of the short-staffed examination department.

A senior official from MU examination department said, "IDOL has a huge strength equivalent to the number of students studying in nearly 10 colleges affiliated to MU. As IDOL follows the old examination format, it puts additional burden on the examination section."

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