At TNU, we follow the Choice Based Credit System to develop a student’s both left and right parts of the brain. This enables students to take any elective that they wish to take up alongside their core courses. For example, a student studying Energy Engineering can take up psychology classes as his/ her elective. In today’s context, a balance between both types of thinking is essential for professional and personal success. Following a systematic training approach has been shown to help activate both sides of the brain, which is TNU’s prime goal.
The salient features of CBCS are:
1. A student has to earn a specified number of credits to graduate.
2. 15 hours of classroom learning or 30 hours of laboratory work during a semester equal one credit. For example, a three-credit course could have 45 hours of theory classes or 90 hours of practical classes or a combination of both. The number of credits for each course varies and depends on the amount of material to be taught during the semester.
3. For successful completion of a degree program, a student has to complete:
- 60% of the total required credits by taking mandatory core courses.
- 20% from elective courses.
- 20% from courses outside his/her area of specialization. This gives an opportunity to the students to interact with a wide spectrum of students from disciplines other than their own and also explore their extracurricular interests and inclinations.
4. Students will be evaluated on a continuous basis, which includes assignments, monthly tests and small projects. Final grade will be a weighted average of the performance throughout the semester as per the UGC’s 10 point grading scale. See here for a detailed description of the grading system.