After a century of imparting technical education, the winds of change are sweeping through University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), the only engineering college of Bangalore University (BU). In what is seen as a landmark change in its academic structure, the iconic institution will be moving from an absolute marking system to a grading system for its students, from the 2018 academic year. This means, from this year on, the University will be allotting grades and not marks to students. Not just this, there are several changes in the examination system too, how grades are allotted, a continuous evaluation process and more.
While this is a big change for UVCE, several universities in the country including the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) have already introduced this system. With this, UVCE will now have the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) scheme, wherein students will be awarded credits for their courses or subjects they opt for.
About 1,500 new students will experience the benefits of the grading system for the first time. Said HN Ramesh, principal of UVCE: “This grading system will remove feelings of disparity between students over marks. Not just that, it will help them when they apply for universities abroad, as they follow similar pattern of evaluation.”
Over the last few months, the officials of UVCE have been pondering over implementing this through several rounds of the Board of Studies meeting. The Board of Studies of UVCE has now decided to go by the CBCS scheme which the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has mandated to all other tech-colleges or universities in the country.