Qualification: The Bachelor of Computer Applications is a formal Academic Award attesting accomplishment of prescribed university norms by the Arunachal University of Studies in conformity with the directives of University Grants Commission subjected to formal outcome of an assessment and validation process. Bachelor of Computer Applications is a Three-Year Full-Time Course. The Programme is fully National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant Programme and offered from NSQF Level 5 to NSQF Level 7.
Programme Objectives: The basic objective of the programme is to open a channel of admission for computing courses for students, who have done the 10+2 and are interested in taking computer applications/ computing/ IT as a career. After acquiring the Bachelor of Computer Applications Degree (BCA) at AUS, there is a further educational opportunity to go for an MCA at ICASR or any other Universities across India or Abroad. A student may be able to get an entry-level job in the field of Computer Applications/ Computing/ Information Technology or ITES on successful completion of BCA.
The programme has been divided into two semesters per year. Consequently, there will be two examinations every year, after the completion of the semester. The students are at liberty to appear for any of the examinations schedule conducted by AUS during the year subject to completing the minimum duration and other formalities prescribed for the programme. The student may ensure that he fulfills requirements such as prescribed minimum attendance etc. before appearing in the term end examinations.
Recognition of Prior Learning: The candidates with the following pre-requisites may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning in terms of Credit Transfer/ Lateral Entry into the programme as per the following :
- NSQF Level 5 Certifications of recognized institutions in the field of Computer Applications/ Electronics/ Information Technology, Diploma in Computer Application, Diploma in Information Technology or “O Level” Certificate issued by National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology to the 3rd semester of Programme subjected to the condition of qualifying all non-matching credits by the beneficiary as per the university norms.
- NSQF Level 6 Certifications of recognized institutions in the field of Computer Applications/ Electronics/ Information Technology, Advance Diploma in Computer Application, Advance Diploma in Information Technology or “A Level” Certificate issued by National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology to the 5th semester of Programme subjected to the condition of qualifying all non-matching credits by the beneficiary as per the university norms.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a very important associated function of the NSQF, especially in the Indian context where the majority of the workforce has not received formal training. The NSQF will help individuals who have gained learning informally, such as through life, work, and voluntary activities to have this learning recognized. This will include knowledge and skills gained:
- Outside of formal learning situations
- Through informal learning and training in the workplace, the community and/or the voluntary sector
- From continuing professional development activities
- From independent learning
RPL will give an option for personal or career development or to gain credit towards other qualifications or learning programs to learners who have the skills but no certificate to prove it. It will help learners make clearer connections between the learning they have already achieved and future learning and/ or career opportunities. Benchmarking and individual’s learning against the NSQF Level Descriptors will help them to identify the appropriate level of options for progression. This will improve career progression and skill upgradation of learners as well as facilitate the engagement of the experienced practitioners as resource persons.
At present, the Modular Employable Skills (MES) scheme under the Ministry of Labour and Employment has a component of RPL, wherein direct testing and assessment of skills may be done. Ministry of Tourism also runs the Skill Testing and Certification Programme, wherein candidates can get their skills assessed and get a certificate for the same. However, efforts for recognition of prior skills are limited. By introducing RPL through the NSQF, such efforts will gain momentum and allow learners to benefit on a larger scale. The NSQF will develop the process for Recognition of Prior Learning/ traditional learning for any given job role against the relevant level descriptors and notify the same for Skill Training Providers/ Vocational Training Providers/ Certificate awarding bodies for use in assessment and certification.
On Job Training :
The programme has the provision of accommodating On Job Training of Maximum 20 Credits in the entire duration of the course if the same has been done with prior permission of the University. The Credits of OJT can compensate similar no. of eq. credits of the programme.