Kerala Expert Committee Recommends Four-year Honours Degree and Integrated PG Courses
The expert committee constituted by the government of Kerala has put forward a report to the higher education department, which suggested changing the three-year graduation degree to a four-year honours degree. The report also suggested the introduction of five-year integrated postgraduate courses in government and aided colleges.
The committee also recommended a number of changes in the existing examination structure in colleges, including creative assessment methods such as assignments, presentations and writing.
The experts suggested that colleges and universities with an ‘A’ grade from NAAC could offer honours degrees in subjects such as economics, history, biology, physics, chemistry, statistics, and so on.
The universities which are listed among the top 50 ranks and the colleges which are listed in the top 100 ranks of the NIRF could also offer honours programmes.
The committee suggested that M.Tech courses in subjects such as educational technology, fintech, autonomous systems, and so on. Postgraduate courses in subjects such as data analytics, space science, forensic science, disaster management, and so on, were also included.
The report also recommended that students should be allowed to opt for a minor subject in the degree course.
In addition to these, the committee came with the suggestion of introducing internationally competent courses, such as Bachelor of Design (Digital and Interactive Design), Bachelor of Sports Management, BA Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching, BA Modern Languages, and so on.