From this academic session onwards, the degree students in Telangana will not be promoted to the next semester or year if they do not happen to secure minimum 50% marks in their semester examinations. The new rule will be enforced as part of the choice-based credit system (CBCS) which was introduced last year. 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 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 plan to roll out the system with immediate effect was formalized during a meeting of all the vice-chancellors and TSCHE officials held last week, but, the same was communicated to the state government on Monday.
As per the newly rolled out 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. 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.
On the other hand, the college management is still unsure about the implementation of the detention system. They are waiting for the Telangana government to release the detailed structure of how they have to go ahead with the implementation of the new system. Once they have gone through the guidelines and terms and conditions of the new system, then only they will be in a position to react.
The move in turn 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. Number of degree colleges in the Indian state of Telangana is 1,300.
How the Evaluation will be carried out? 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 will be taken as final marks and will be added to end semester examination.
What is the duration for completing the 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.
Apart from all this, TSCHE is also chalking out a thorough plan to host details of candidates who are studying or graduated from class 10 to Ph.D level, on a web portal. The web portal will have information such as attendance, scholarship, certificates, hostel and mess facility, and placement etc. of each candidate.
If Telangana state succeeds in doing the same, then it will emerge as the first state in the country to have compiled information on all students on a single platform.