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COURSES OF STUDY AND ADMISSION PROCEDURE [For Students seeking admission to B.A./B.Sc./B. Com. 1st, 3rd and 5th Semesters under the new Choice Based Credit System]

Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla in concurrence with the Department of Higher Education, H.P. has decided to introduce CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM and CONTINUOUS COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT pattern for evaluation and grading of students seeking admission to the first year of Bachelors' Degree Programme in all the three streams – Humanities, Sciences and Commerce – from the academic session 2013-14. The CBCS and CCA pattern of teaching-learning and evaluation will be implemented in II and III years of the Degree Course in a phased manner.
The CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM is an internationally acknowledged instructional pattern developed to suit the needs of the students and to enable them to keep pace with the developments in higher education across the globe. It provides for a comprehensive and purposeful engagement between the teacher and the taught through a well-planned instructional package including three major parameters namely Lecture (L), Tutorial (T) and Practical/Practice (P) sessions (see 3.2 below). The aim is to ensure optimum interaction time between the teacher and the taught through the LTP mode, so that the learner accomplishes not only the knowledge of the Core/Major subject offered by him/her, but is also enabled to explore other avenues of learning beyond the Core subject for the holistic growth of the students vis-à-vis their personal and professional development.
Under the CBCS system, the student has considerable freedom in the choice of courses one wishes to study. Except for the compulsory and core courses of the subject of his/her 'Major', he/she is free to choose courses of his/her choice. It also accords an opportunity to the teachers to take up the role of a facilitator or interested party in fostering expected level of competence among the students after completing a course. The Programme or a Course of Study opted for by a student is considered to have been completed when the student accumulates the requisite number of credits – at least 132 credits for an under graduate degree.

The term 'Credit' refers to the weightage given to a course, usually in terms of the number of instructional hours per week assigned to it. This explains why 'credit' is usually taken to mean 'credit hours'. For the purpose of  credit determination, instruction is divided into three components: (1) Lectures(L) – classroom lectures if one hour duration ; (2)TUTORIALS (T) – Special, elaborate instructions on specific topics (From Lecture) of one hour duration ; (3)PRACTICALS(P) – Laboratory of filed exercises in which the student has to do experiments or other practical work of two hour duration.
Each one of these components is considered as equal to one credit. One Lecture (L) jas well as one Tutorial(T) of one hour a week is considered as one credit, whereas one Practical(P) of two hours a week is considered as one credit. The total weightage given to a course in terms of credits will be equal to L + T + P, where L is the number of one hour Lectures per week, T is the number of tutorials per week, and P is the number of two hour Practicals per week. This can be written in symbols as:    C = L +  T + P,  Where, C is the credit weightage for a particular course.

The major change under the CBCS and CCA system is the introduction of SEMESTER SYSTEM in the undergraduate courses. An academic year comprising 180 working days is the least divided into two semesters, each semester having at least 90 working days. With six working days in a week this would mean that each semester will be having 90/6 = 15 teaching / working weeks. Considering that each teaching day has 5 teaching/working hours, a teaching week would have 5 x 6 = 30 working / teaching hours and each semester will have 30 x 15 = 450 teaching hours available for each student.

3.4 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO BA/BSc/B.Com I/III/V Semesters (Also see section 6.2)

i) A pass in the Higher Secondary (+2) Examination ( Academic Stream) conducted by the H.P. Board of School Education or an examination accepted as equivalent thereto by the various bodies of the H.P. University.
ii) Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with arts/humanities stream shall be given preference in admission to the B.A. programme.
iii) Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with science stream shall be given preference in admission to B.Sc. / B.C.A programme.
iv) Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with commerce stream shall be given preference in admission to B. Com programme.
v) Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects shall be given preference to B.C.A programme.
vi) Age Limit: For first admission to the First Semester of the Degree Course, the maximum age limit is 23 years on the first of July of the Year concerned. In case of SC/ST candidates, a relaxation of three years is allowed. The Vice Chancellor, HPU, Shimla, may, in exceptional cases/Circumstances, to be recorded in writing, give relaxation in age up to a maximum of six months to other candidates also. All such cases may be provisionally granted age relaxation up to six months by the Principal of the college and a consolidated list of all such cases will be sent for approval of the Vice Chancellor by the 31st October of every academic year.

vii) Minimum Percentage of marks required for admission is as under:
1) B.A. (Pass Course): 35%
2) B.A. (with Maths): 45% (in aggregate or in Maths)
3) B.Sc. (Pass Course): 45%
4) B.Com.(Pass Course): 45% (35 % for girls; 40% for students who have passed 10+2 with Commerce)

viii)Admission to 3rd and 5th Semesters will be given on ROLL-ON Basis.

i) A student desirous of seeking admission to the first year of the degree course will approach the ACADEMIC COMMITTEE of the college after procuring the Prospectus-cum-Handbook of Information from the College. DO NOT FILL UP THE ADMISSION FORM BEFORE CONSULTING THE ACADEMIC COMMITTEE.

ii) The ACADEMIC COMMITTEE will guide the students about the different courses and subject combinations including compulsory courses, core courses , elective courses and hobby courses, if any, available with the college. The committee will also guide them about the possible subject combinations they can opt for.

iii) The college may discontinue a course of study if adequate number of students is not available in a particular course.

iv)A student admitted to the college under CBCS will have to abide by all the rules and regulations of the college as stipulated in the college prospectus.