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MORIGAON, Dec 13 � The recent move of the Gauhati University (GU) to revise the structure of TDC semester for BA/ BSc/B Com curriculum has caused dissatisfaction among many college teachers and students here in Morigaon district. The change may not augur well for the students as well as the society and also for the betterment of academic atmosphere under Gauhati University (GU), observed senior lecturers of many colleges.

The change proposes that for first three semesters there will be no Major course and all the 18 papers prescribed for Major course will be covered only in the last three semesters. Learning specialised course in a subject should be a continuous process, observed many lecturers of many colleges adding overburden course will cause many students to have half-baked knowledge. Especially, for slow learners it will be irksome and they may lose interest in midcourse. When the university has introduced continuous evaluation process there is no wrong in introducing continuous learning process that is to learn specialised course in a subject from the first semester itself, the lecturers opined.

Moreover, many holidays fall during the first, third, and fifth semesters during August-December. In these semesters, teachers and students hardly get 75 days to teach and learn respectively as classes are either suspended or students never attend classes from November 10 so that they prepare for semester end examination that start in the third week of November. So in many colleges many portion of Major subjects will remain untaught, the lecturers opined.

The proposed syllabus intends to introduce subjects like Value Education, Communicative English, Functional MIL, History and Culture of Assam in the first semester and Functional MIL, History of Science and Scientific method and Soft Skill in the second semester. The introduction of Value Education at the degree level is not justified, some college teachers opined. Value Education requires to be taught from primary level and the family must play a major role in it. But at the degree level, the family�s hold is slackened on their children. The CBSE syllabus prescribed Communicative English to be taught at the High and Higher Secondary level. No doubt, Communicative and Functional English are there at the BSc and BCom level but it has been introduced here considering their job requirement. Moreover, for UGC, these are vocational subjects. But for Arts graduates to learn Communicative English sacrificing Literature is not at all welcome. To teach Communicative English effectively and to learn it fruitfully Language Laboratory is required because it helps to develop listening and speaking skills. But many colleges of Assam lack this facility, college teachers alleged. sically who were earlier dependent on agriculture, but have now been forced to take up other avenues of employment due to change in climatic pattern.

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Proposed changes in GU syllabus decried

MORIGAON, Dec 13 � The recent move of the Gauhati University (GU) to revise the structure of TDC semester for BA/ BSc/B Com curriculum has caused dissatisfaction among many college teachers and students here in Morigaon district. The change may not augur well for the students as well as the society and also for the betterment of academic atmosphere under Gauhati University (GU), observed senior lecturers of many colleges.

The change proposes that for first three semesters there will be no Major course and all the 18 papers prescribed for Major course will be covered only in the last three semesters. Learning specialised course in a subject should be a continuous process, observed many lecturers of many colleges adding overburden course will cause many students to have half-baked knowledge. Especially, for slow learners it will be irksome and they may lose interest in midcourse. When the university has introduced continuous evaluation process there is no wrong in introducing continuous learning process that is to learn specialised course in a subject from the first semester itself, the lecturers opined.

Moreover, many holidays fall during the first, third, and fifth semesters during August-December. In these semesters, teachers and students hardly get 75 days to teach and learn respectively as classes are either suspended or students never attend classes from November 10 so that they prepare for semester end examination that start in the third week of November. So in many colleges many portion of Major subjects will remain untaught, the lecturers opined.

The proposed syllabus intends to introduce subjects like Value Education, Communicative English, Functional MIL, History and Culture of Assam in the first semester and Functional MIL, History of Science and Scientific method and Soft Skill in the second semester. The introduction of Value Education at the degree level is not justified, some college teachers opined. Value Education requires to be taught from primary level and the family must play a major role in it. But at the degree level, the family�s hold is slackened on their children. The CBSE syllabus prescribed Communicative English to be taught at the High and Higher Secondary level. No doubt, Communicative and Functional English are there at the BSc and BCom level but it has been introduced here considering their job requirement. Moreover, for UGC, these are vocational subjects. But for Arts graduates to learn Communicative English sacrificing Literature is not at all welcome. To teach Communicative English effectively and to learn it fruitfully Language Laboratory is required because it helps to develop listening and speaking skills. But many colleges of Assam lack this facility, college teachers alleged. sically who were earlier dependent on agriculture, but have now been forced to take up other avenues of employment due to change in climatic pattern.

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