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UGC Revises Curriculum of UG/ PG Programmes

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has revised the curriculum of various undergraduate and postgraduate (UG/ PG) programmes based on the Learning Outcomes Based Curriculum Framework (LOCF). The commission has updated the curriculum of B.Sc Botany, BA General Criminology, English as General Elective, English Literature (BA Hons), Postgraduate programme in Human Rights, Bachelor of Library and Information Science, BA/ B.Sc (Hons) Mathematics, Postgraduate programme in Anthropology, Undergraduate programme in Anthropolgy, Physics (B.Sc), Psychology (BA/ B.Sc).

The new curriculum will be implemented from academic session 2019-20 onwards.

The LOCF approach “makes the student an active learner; the teacher a good facilitator and together they lay the foundation for lifelong learning”.

The UGC has published a notice on August 7, 2019, directing all the central institutions, to form a subject-specific committee to implement the Learning Outcomes-based Curriculum Framework. The ‘Under Graduate Curriculum Revision Committee’ has developed a dashboard to facilitate the process. The dashboard has been developed to enable concerned teachers to work collectively and to share their inputs simultaneously.

The UGC stated in the release that the fundamental premise of LOCF is to specify what the students completing the programme are expected to know, understand and be able to do by the end of the programme.

“The idea behind LOCF is to decide the desired outcome within the framework of the current Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and then design the curriculum to obtain these outcomes. The outcomes will be determined in terms of skills, knowledge, understanding, employability, graduate attributes, attitudes, values, etc., gained by students upon the completion of the course,” said UGC in a press release.

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