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Policies and Frameworks

Calendar & Semester Structure

Srishti’s academic calendar comprises of 38 weeks per year divided across three time periods across the year (apart from Graduation week).

Odd Semester  17 weeks
Interim/Seminar Semester  4 weeks
Even Semester  17 weeks
TOTAL 38 weeks

 

Components of Odd & Even Full Semesters

A full semester comprises of cycles, workshops, projects and final evaluations. 

A typical 17-weeks ODD semester could be as follows:

Orientation/Revisiting

2 weeks

Cycle 1

5 weeks

Workshops

2 weeks

Cycle 2

5 weeks

End of Semester Project

2 weeks

Finals Week

1 week

                                                                                                                               
A typical 17-weeks EVEN semester could be as follows:

Cycle 1

5 weeks

Workshops

2 weeks

Cycle 2

5 weeks

End of Semester Project

2 weeks

Finals Week

1 week

Summer School

2 weeks

(For purposes of assessment the interim semester grading will be added to the Even Semester grading and grade transcript.)



38-Week Calendar Structure

38 Weeks
(in a Year)

34 Credited Weeks within the Academic Year

Semester duration

Semester Components
(Beginning & ending)

Months

1

 

Opening Weeks

Orientation/Revisiting/ Summer School

July

2

 

Orientation/Revisiting/Summer School

3

1

Semester 1

Cycle 1 begins

August- November

4

2

 

5

3

 

6

4

 

7

5

Cycle 1 ends

8

6

Workshops begin

9

7

Workshops end

10

8

Cycle 2 begins

11

9

 

12

10

 

13

11

 

14

12

Cycle 2 ends

15

13

End of Semester Projects begin

16

14

End of Semester Projects end

17

15

Final Assessment Week

18

1

Interim Semester

 

 November- December

19

2

 

20

3

 

21

4

 

22

1

Semester 2

Cycle 1 begins

January- May

23

2

 

24

3

 

25

4

 

26

5

Cycle 1 ends

27

6

Workshops begin

28

7

Workshops end

29

8

Cycle 2 begins

30

9

 

31

10

 

32

11

 

33

12

Cycle 2 ends

34

13

End of Semester Projects begin

35

14

End of Semester Projects end

36

15

Final Assessment Week

37

 

 

Summer School

May- Jun

38

 

 

Summer School



Schedules

Blocks Schedule

The daily schedule of classes has two blocks (A and B), each of 3 hours duration:

Blocks

Time

Duration

A

9:00 a.m- 12:00 am

3 hours

LUNCH BREAK

12:00 p.m- 1:00 p.m

1 hour

B

1:00 p.m- 4:00 p.m

3 hours

In addition students work in studios or in campus for a further three hours of practice based learning.



Choice & Navigation

Flexibility to devise a learning program suited to individual needs and aspirations goes to the core of Srishti’s academic endeavors and provision is made to provide for this at all levels of study.

REGISTRATION

The Academic Office at Srishti makes all final decisions on the nature of registration- by allocation or by choice:

  • By Allocation – Students are given a schedule of modules & learning units and are pre-registered into the learning units. 
  • By Choice - Students may choose from a list of modules & learning units offered in an academic year.

Students may need to maintain a certain proportion of choice-based and allocated learning units depending on a range of factors, which will be determined by:

  • Their course of study
  • Their major or minor (where applicable)
  • Any other factors (such as disabilities or need of learning or other forms of support)
  • Location or cost of individual modules in the program of study.

When registering by choice:

  • Students register for learning units through an online signup system within the stipulated time provided in each semester.
  • Students have to ensure that the minimum required credits for that semester as specified by the program of study are being met.
  • The academic office determines the number of seats available for every course.
  • Students need to ensure that they have the required prerequisites before they sign up for a course.
  • Students may change their learning units within one week of the sign up being completed. 
  • Changes in learning units will be permitted based on availability of seats in the learning units within the stipulated time.

COURSE NAVIGATION

  • All decisions on whether a learning unit is mandatory and hence by allocation or by choice rests within each School, its Board of Studies and should be consistent and not at variance with the Academic Policies of Srishti.
  1. Students, who do not meet the eligibility criteria listed in the course abstract may not sign up for a course, and in the event that they insist must sign an indemnity statement with the Academic Office indicating that they will take the responsibility for this and accept any consequences thereof the decision.
  2. Students may not be registered by either method unless they have paid all financial dues to the institution.
  3. Students on probation, on direct entry from other schools or other programs, may register after consultation with their Tutors/ Academic Advisors and with a note from the Dean of Student Welfare.
  4. Not all learning units will be suitable for students with disabilities or special needs and their registration will include advise and suggestions from members of the learning support and school counseling teams.

Student Responsibilities

Students will need to take personal responsibility for their academic progress by:

  1. Informed and thoughtful decisions in their choice of learning units balancing cores and electives in a creative and yet practical manner.
  2. Review of their transcripts at the end of each assessment cycle, paying careful attention to the total number of credits successfully completed as well as the actual grades received.
  3. Scheduling and meeting their Tutors or Academic Advisors on regular basis.
  4. Seeking clarifications on grading schemes and assessment procedures and processes
  5. Filing appeals in accordance to the academic policies of Srishti.

NAVIGATION WITHIN PROGRAMS & ACROSS COURSES

At Srishti academic majors define all courses at the PG level and both academic majors and minors define courses at the UG level.

By definition

  • An academic major typically consists of a core curriculum, with prescribed units of study, general studies and elective components.
  • An academic minor is a student’s second disciplinary choice and will have its own prescribed units of study.
  • A transdisciplinary major or minor is one that cuts across disciplines and will be defined by the student in agreement with the Deans and Course Leaders and in consultation with the Tutor.

Navigation is subject to the following:-

  • UG Technical
    • An academic major is declared at the time of admission and will define the nature of the minors, general education and also electives.
    • Majority of learning units will be allocated.
    • Students may move laterally after successful completion of a year of study to another major.
  • UG Professional
    • Students declare, on admission
      • A single major and associated minors
      • A trans-disciplinary major and associated minors
    • Students will take the prescribed curricular units for their course in the 3rd year
    • Students will need to show completion of required curricular units before qualifying for the final thesis project.
  • PG Professional and PG Arts- (both modes)
    • Students declare on admission
      • Single major

Award


Students at all levels and in any program of study must meet all graduating standards of the course in order to be eligible for the award (UG or PG)



Credits

Academic credits are means of quantifying and recognizing student learning. It is unit that gives weighting to the value, level or time requirements of any of the learning endeavors that students engage in. Credit is awarded for the recognition of learning acquired through a range of approved academic work or activities. These could include seminars, lectures, fieldwork, practicum, case studies, discussions, studios, projects, workshops, independent study, research, internships or teaching assistantships

Credits may not necessarily be equated against time spent on the teaching hours involved. They include taught and unsupervised instruction and all work both inside and outside the classroom or institution. The number of hours per course is calculated based on a combination of the classroom instruction, outside class work and research, faculty-student virtual interaction, value, level, complexity and other time requirements of that particular learning endeavor.

Kinds of Credits

Credits for all courses are broken up into the following:

  • Foundation –Essential to all courses
  • Core (Major)
  • Electives
    • Discipline Specific Electives (Minor)
    • Projects
    • Generic  Electives
    • Open Electives
  • Ability Enhancement Courses
    • General Studies
    • Generic Skills
  • Research (Culminating credits)
    • Project
    • Dissertation
    • Thesis
    • Capstone



Assessment

Assessment and evaluation at Srishti is continuous, formative and for its summative evaluation uses the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Performance of Understanding” as the basis for constructing assessment modes and opportunities.

CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT

All evaluations are based on continuous assessment. Bachelors and Masters programs both follow the same two- semester schedule.

Weightages for Assessment in each Learning Unit

All learning units are divided into three discrete assessment components identified as A1, A2, and A3, each of which as a given weightage, which reflects the percentage of the curricular objectives met in that component.

ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORKS & CALENDAR

  • All courses are organized as modules, with each module having a set of learning units.
  • Each learning unit will be assessed on criteria published with the abstract.
  • Assessment is cumulative and continuous, with weightage given to each both participation, attendance) and engagement (contribution, assignments).
  • All evaluation will be a triangulation of three frameworks- capabilities, studio habits and dimensions of practice.
  • Course facilitators will use non-numeric and progressive descriptors to assess and provide feedback to the students. Conversion from non-numeric to numeric grades will be generated by a computing algorithm and will reflected on their academic transcripts
  • Each semester will have a summative assessment in the form of paper and pencil tests, authentic assessment tasks, design charettes and /or written assignments. This will be at the course and not unit level and will have a prescribed weightage in the overall assessment for the year.
  • Students will be given a week to clarify their grades and discuss it with course facilitators, leaders or the Deans.



GRADING AND EVALUATION

Grades, assigned as letters, provide students with a means of measuring the level of achievement in a course. Different levels of education –undergraduate and postgraduate, assign grades for their learning units/modules/courses according to the following scales within Srishti.

GRADING SCALE

Table: Grading Scales and Descriptors

Letter Grades

Descriptors

Grade Points

O

O

9.1 – 10.0

A+

Excellent

8.1 – 9.0

A

Very Good

7.1 – 8.0

B+

Good

6.1 – 7.0

B

Above Average

5.1 – 6.0

C

Average

4.1 – 5.0

P

Pass

3.1 – 4.0

 

F

 

Drop

2.1 – 3.0

1.1 – 2.0

0.1 – 1.0

Ab

Drop

0

All Grade points will be calculated to 1 decimal place.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

All grades are compiled and converted into an average for each semester, which is the SGPA, and this is done using the UGC recommended 10-point scale. Students may track their progress at the end of each semester using the SGPA, which aggregates the assessment of each course, against credit hours and with participation or attendance.

The CGPA or the cumulative grade point average records progression over the year and across the years. The grade point average is determined by dividing the total number of points achieved by the total number of credits attempted.


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