Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What is Open Elective [: BE - All Branches ]






What is Open Elective , why is it important for you to know what it is in the first semester, even though open Elective is offered in the second semester?
 It is definitely very important to know what is Open Elective in the first semester  so that it will be of more use to you in the second semester.

Lets have a simple overview of Open Elective and then understand why was it introduced in your curriculum.

 Most of you might have already read through the BE syllabus and might have figured out some details about Open Elective. Now lets have a deeper look into it.


 So,

 What is Open Elective?
Open Elective is a powerful tool introduced in the final year final semester of PU's Engineering syllabus which allows a student to design the syllabus of a subject of his own choice and then introduce the subject as an Elective Subject into the curriculum so that students can then opt for this subject as an Elective subject (i.e Elective IV).
     With the concept of Open Elective a student can now introduce new subjects from other streams or subjects from the same stream but which were not initially available into the main stream curriculum, after approving it from the University.

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How can Open Elective be useful for me?
Open elective can be of great value to all students if properly utilized. Like all other Elective subjects (namely Elective I,II, and III) Elective IV also introduces to you 3 or 4 options from which you can choose any one subject as your subject for Elective IV. Suppose from all the given options for Elective IV, you don't find any subject of good use to you or if all the given subjects are of hardly any interest to you then you can introduce a subject of your choice with your own syllabus for Elective IV. Now this makes the deal more lucrative. You are allowed to study a subject of your choice and of your own designed syllabus.



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How do I design the syllabus for Open Elective?
Suppose you and your college friends have finally decided to opt for Open Elective and you would now like to design the syllabus for the subject, then the syllabus should be designed with the help of any senior faculty of your department (preferably HOD) and along with the help of any representative from the industry.

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Do we need to approve the syllabus for Open Elective before we can opt for it?
Yes
After you have designed the syllabus of the subject you are interested, you need to first get it approved from the senior most Faculty member of your department (preferably HOD). Once the HOD approves the syllabus, the syllabus is then forwarded to the University for scrutinizing the contents. The level of the subject should definitely be suitable for BE and  should also be a useful subject for the student from a Engineering Degree's point of view. Once approved by the University, the college who had requested the approval is notified about the approval of the subject, so that the students can then opt for the subject as their Elective IV subject. Also, after a small period of time, the syllabus of the subject is then  assigned a valid subject number and is then officially displayed on Pune University's official website : www.unipune.ac.in

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Is their any constraints for the minimum number of students opting for an Open Elective subject?
Yes
Obviously the University cannot conduct an exam for a single on a particular subject. There should always be a handsome number of students for conducting an exam for a particular subject. This number should be above a desired threshold level for the subject to be approved. Normally   the number is preferred as  minimum of 25 students, but generally the threshold number of students is decided internally by the department and the University.

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What are the chances of the syllabus we submit for approval gets Rejected/Approved ? 
This entirely depends on the quality and level of the syllabus and the subject you have designed. If the scrutinizing officials feel that the subject is much below or beyond the scope of BE, then the chances of being Rejected is more else the deal is definitely approved.

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Open Elective is in the second semester, then why should i be concerned about it in the first Semester?

Even though, Open Elective is introduced in the second semester, you need to start working and submitting the subject for approval well in advance, so that the subject gets approved on time before commencing with the Examination forms for Second semester.

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What is the last date for submitting the syllabus for Open Elective?
Officially, the last date for submitting the syllabus and the subject for approval to the University is December 1. An ideal date for submitting the syllabus to the University would be before the Nov/Dec Semester Examination commences( i.e Before 1st Semester Exams).

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Once approved can any student opt for the Open Elective Subject from any college under Pune University?
Yes
Once approved, the syllabus is officially displayed on the University's website and is also communicated to most colleges. The students are then allowed to opt for the Open Elective Subject if the criteria of number of students are met by the department's needs.

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Are there any previously approved Open Elective subjects?
Yes, for the 2012 batch many colleges including PICT have approved different subjects for Open Elective for  the University. You can have a detailed look at the list of approved Open Elective Subjects over here : CLICK HERE

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Can we opt for an Open Elective Subject which was previously approved?
Yes
As we have already mentioned , once approved the Subject along with its syllabus is displayed over the University's official website, any student is then allowed for opting the subjects approved previously  for Open Elective if it is allowed by their respective departments.

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What if, I am not interested in the subjects previously approved for Open Elective?
In this case , you can either choose one subject from the list of available subjects under Elective IV
or
Alternatively you can design a subject with your own syllabus and send it for approval to the University. Once approved, you can the opt for the subject.

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If you have any more queries about Open Elective, always feel free to contact us by emailing us at : jojo@itportal.in
 [Please mention 'Open Elective' as the subject header in your Email]
It would always be our pleasure to solve your queries. 

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