Six State Universities of Odisha took this decision on Saturday of enforcing uniform syllabus at Plus III level across the state from the upcoming academic year.
Vice-chancellors (VCs) and controllers of examinations of Utkal, Sambalpur, Berhampur, North Orissa, Fakir Mohan (FM) and Ravenshaw universities finalized the broad outlines of the courses of studies at a meeting in Balasore.
The varsities decided to completely fine-tune the syllabus by reviewing the prepared one by March.
After that, the syllabus would be approved by respective board of studies and academic councils. The campuses would publish the model common syllabus much before beginning of the next session.
The varsities will follow largely uniform academic calendars and examination schedules from 2015-2016, according to the decision at the Balasore meeting.
As decided by the government and the universities, they would introduce choice-based credit system, where students will be awarded grades instead of marks. The students will also have the flexibility of choosing from a wide range of subjects to earn minimum 122 credits to graduate.
The Vice Chancellors had also agreed on making major (honours) subject compulsory, abolishing the ongoing system of certain students studying only pass subjects.