Beginning this academic year, degree students in Telangana will be detained in the same year if they fail to secure 50% marks in their semester examinations.
The decision to implement the detention system in all degree colleges across the state has been jointly taken by officials of the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) and vice-chancellors of state universities. The new rule will be enforced as part of the choice-based credit system (CBCS) introduced last year, said those in the know of things.
While the plan to roll out the system with immediate effect was formalised during a meeting of all the vice-chancellors and TSCHE officials held last week, the same was communicated to the state government on Monday.
"As per the detention system, a first-year student who secures less than 50% marks in subjects prescribed for the first and second semester will be detained. The same shall be followed for other semesters as well," said Papi Reddy, chairman, TSCHE.
As per the old system, students were promoted to the next year even if they secured less than 50 % marks in the semester exams.
But now, that will no longer be enough. In fact not just that, as part of the CBCS, students will also have to ensure 75% attendance in the first semester, thereon, to be considered for promotion to the second semester.
The new move, experts said, is likely to impact over three lakh students admitted in first year degree courses across Science, Commerce and Arts, streams. Another six lakh students enrolled in second and third year degree courses, will also be affected, they added.
College managements, meanwhile, are still unsure about the implementation of the detention system. "We are waiting for the Telangana government to release the detailed structure of how we have to implement the new system. Only after going through the guidelines will we be in a position to react to the system," said Ramana Reddy, president of the Telangana Degree and PostGraduate College Managements Association.
Apart from this, the TSCHE is also chalking out a thorough plan to host details of candidates who are studying or graduated from class 10 to PhD level, on a web portal.
The web portal will have information such as attendance, scholarship, certificates, hostel and mess facility, placement etc of each candidate. In doing so, Telangana will emerge as the first state in the country to have compiled information on all students on a single platform.
HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW REGIME
* Decision to impact Over 9 lakh students
* No. of degree colleges 1,300
* As per the detention system, students who secure less than 50% marks in subjects prescribed in each semester will be detained
* Students of 1st, 3rd and 5th semesters will be promoted to 2nd, 4th & 6th semesters if they have completed their regular course having passed in more than 50% of their subjects. Otherwise they will be detained
* Decision to implement detention system in degree colleges across state was taken by offi cials of Telangana State Council of Higher Education and vice-chancellors of state universities
* New rule will be enforced as part of choice-based credit system (CBCS) introduced last year
* As per the old system, students were promoted to the next year even if they secured less than 50% in semester exams
* Evaluation of candidate's performance in each subject is based on marks obtained in internal assessment (20%) and end semester examination (80%) both in theory and practical
* In each semester, two internal assessment tests are conducted — one objective and one subjective
* Average of both is taken as a fi nal mark and added to end semester examination
DURATION FOR COMPLETION OF DEGREE COURSE
* Maximum duration for completing a 3-year degree course is 6 years (i.e. 3 more years after regular course of 3 years)
* There will be no detention at the end of 1st, 3rd and 5th semesters
* There will be an examination at the end of 2nd, 4th and 6th semesters after instruction of 15 weeks in March/April each year