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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: As part of the ongoing reforms in Higher Education and enhance competency level among students, Odisha government has decided to introduce blended learning in the form of ‘guided self-study’ in UG and PG levels.

The guided self-study will be introduced from the next academic session (2020-21) covering nearly 25 per cent of the syllabus both at UG and PG level.

In a letter to Vice-chancellors (all state Public universities under Higher Education department), principals of government and aided colleges, the Higher Education department has directed to maintain uniformity at UG level which will be facilitated by prescribed text books and e-learning resources from Odisha State Higher Education Council for students to undertake self-study.

For the UG courses (both hons and pass), following the revised CBCS syllabus effective from 2019-20 (students taking admissions in 2019-20 academic year and thereafter), the entire second unit (25 % of total four units) of each subject will be earmarked for student self-study, except Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC) and Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) papers.

For PG courses, the respective PG departments shall identify and earmark 25 % of the syllabus of each paper for self-study by students. The subjects that involve field work, projects and dissertation shall continue as before.

As per the modalities fixed by the Higher Education department, there will be no regular classroom teaching for the portion of syllabus earmarked for students’ self-study. Rather, a synergetic combination of textbooks and e-learning resources (PPTs/recorded lectures/ animated videos) shall be prescribed.

Teachers shall provide necessary guidance to students through four hours of doubt clearing classes (4/5 classes) in physical classroom teaching. To ensure that students undertake self-study seriously, mid-term internal assessment in all subjects shall be primarily based on self-study portion of the syllabus, the letter from the Higher Education department read.

Moreover, as per the modalities fixed by the government, the 25 % guided self-study mode of teaching should have the approval of the respective board of studies as well as academic councils of universities and autonomous colleges.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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