1.1.1: Relevance of curricula planned, designed and developed/ adopted
Relevance of curricula planned, designed and developed/adopted
Curricula developed and implemented, of all the programmes have relevance to the local, national, regional and global needs which are visible in Programme Outcomes, Programme Specific Learning Outcomes and Course Learning Outcomes offered by the University, as per the norms of the Regulatory Bodies and in the conformity of the University’s Mission and Goals
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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University offers academic programmes in Open and Distance Learning
(ODL) mode of education thereby reaching out to a wide spectrum of students across the state of Gujarat.
The curriculum is designed and implemented taking cognizance of the educational policies of the State and
Central Government, and the global needs, while serving the cause of national development and regional
requirements. The design and development of the curriculum is a democratic process with the entire faculty
contributing to the introduction, innovation, and revision of the syllabi. The culture of academic freedom
and flexibility provides immense scope for introducing innovations in the curriculum to achieve the
institutional vision and mission of striving for academic excellence.
The educational programmes with liberty and freedom of choice in basic areas of knowledge i.e.
Bachelor’s degree programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences (Languages, Sociology, History,
Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Social Work, etc.) and Master’s degree Programmes
in Humanities and Social Sciences (Languages, Sociology, Social Work etc.) aim at developing a socially
aware citizenry that possesses domain knowledge, critical thinking abilities and the capacity to apply the
knowledge acquired to their own lives and for local, regional and national development. Suitable courses
aimed at skill development are also offered in these Programmes to enhance employability of learners.
The University offers many Bachelor’s, Master’s, PG Diploma, Diploma and Certificate programmes for
aspirants and professionals employed in Computer Sciences, Management, Banking, Accountancy etc.
providing them opportunities for employment/upward mobility by engendering knowledge and capacity
building. There are a lot of professional education and skill development programmes catering to skill
development of the entry-level workforce in different domain areas.
Programmes are also developed in areas of Cyber Security, Cyber Law, Mobile Application Development
etc. for updating knowledge, and up-skilling of the workforce. Wherever relevant, BAOU Programmes
have integrated field-based practicum/ project work/ hands-on training/ internships/ lab-based practical,
etc., which integrate theory into practice and inculcate hands-on skills, to suffice job market expectations
and lifelong learning.
The structure and content of curricula are designed by experts of national and international eminence.
These are futuristic in their outlook as is amply reflected in the Programme Outcomes and the Learning
Outcomes articulated programme-wise and course-wise in all domains of learning, namely, cognitive,
affective and psychomotor. Regulatory Bodies like the University Grants Commission (UGC), National
Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), and Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) validate the standards
of teaching-learning being pursued in different general and professional programmes on offer in the
BAOU has a systematic process for design, development and validation of curricula. Before starting a new
programme, a preliminary meeting is held to assess the feasibility of the programme which is followed by
formation of the Program Advisory Committee. PAC consists of both External members and internal
faculty as per requirement of the program. External Members of PAC may include academic and industry
experts who contribute in updating the curricula on a periodic basis within the ambit of regulatory
guidelines. This ensures that the programmes offered take care of industry requirements thereby ensuring
employability. The content developed and reviewed by subject experts are further reviewed by School
Quality Assurance Cell (SQAC). The proposed designed programme is further scrutinized and endorsed by
the Academic Council of the School and approved by Academic Planning Board.
It is also ensured that the mission and goal of the university are translated into concrete and visible
Programme Outcomes, Programme Specific Learning Outcomes and Course Specific Learning Outcomes.
These outcomes not only help potential employers to assess the level of knowledge, skills and
competencies that a learner has acquired but also facilitate economic and social mobility, thereby
contributing to national development. Other stakeholders such as the state, community and the individual
learners also benefit from the programmes and learning outcomes and act as agents of social change for the
larger good of our society and nation.
These curricula are designed keeping in view the needs of the prospective learners of the area and
conforming to the local, national, regional and global. Regional and global relevance is considered in terms
of futuristic technologies as well as global issues like environment and sustainability. The programmes on
offer specifically cater to the local and state needs. The curricula are regularly updated with fresh insight,
depth and outreach in areas such as Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce and Management,
Computer and Information Sciences, Education and Special Education. Curriculum development in BAOU
ranges from the areas of core/basic and applied knowledge in social and natural sciences and humanities to
professional development, vocational education and skill development. These are approved by the statutory
bodies of the university to ensure conformity of the university’s vision and mission.
Each Programme of BAOU is structured into several courses to facilitate learning. The Programme content
and broad Learning Outcomes along with the instructional methodology are presented in Programme
Guides created specifically for each programme.
Every Course is divided into a set of Blocks/modules with each block containing units written in the selflearning
format. The Block introduction is used to acquaint learners with the content of the Block and how
it would help them achieve the outcomes. Each Unit also contains clearly stated expected learning
outcomes that specifically describe the learning outcomes that are expected to be attained, the knowledge
learners are expected to acquire, and apply in relevant context - local, regional, national and international.
For every programme on offer the Programme Outcomes and Course Outcomes are clearly defined and are
aligned with the vision and mission of the university and are uploaded on the university website
(https://baou.edu.in). The curricula emphasizes that all programmes offered are outcome based programs
so that the graduates possess and demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes. The University
has consciously designed curricula that are not only need-based but also address value addition and
|Curricula implemented by the University|
|Mapping of curricula to Programme Outcomes|
|Outcome analysis of Programme Specific Learning Outcomes and Course Learning Outcomes|
|Minutes of the relevant BoS/ School Board/ Academic Council|
|Any other relevant information|
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