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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to all Universities in the country for revising Home Science Curriculum Based on Learning Outcome based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) in higher educational institutions.

In a bid to facilitate the task of revision of curriculum in various subjects, UGC had earlier constituted subject specific Expert Committees. The Committees after having detailed deliberations and wider consultations at national level has developed the LOCF reports in different subjects.

For implementation of outcome-oriented curriculum to achieve expected learning outcomes, final LOCF reports of 29 subjects including Physics, English, Mathematics, Botany, Anthropology, Human Rights, Criminology, Psychology, Library Science, Electronic Science, Hindi, Statistics, Environmental Science, Mass Communication and Journalism are already available on the UGC website.

The UGC has directed Vice-Chancellors of Universities to take necessary measures for appropriate revision of the curriculum and send action taken report, an official notification said.

Learning Outcome based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) aims to equip the students with knowledge, skills, values, attitude, leadership and lifelong learning. Besides, the students will attain various 21st century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, analytic reasoning, cognitive skills and self-directed learning.

Over the past decades the higher education system of our country has undergone substantial structural and functional changes resulting in both quantitative and qualitative development of the beneficiaries. Such changes have gained momentum with the introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which further expects Learning Outcome-Based curriculum to maximize the benefits of the newly designed curriculum.

The Learning Outcome-Based Curriculum in Home Science/ Family and Community Sciences will help the teachers of the discipline to visualize the curriculum more specifically in terms of the learning outcomes expected from the students at the end of the instructional process.

The commission strives to promote the link of students with the society/industry such that majority of the students engage in socially productive activities during their period of study in the institutions and at least half of the graduate students will secure access to employment/self-employment or engage themselves in pursuit of higher education.

Key aspects of the curriculum can be assessed on the official website of the UGC- www.ugc.ac.in.

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