University Grants Commission (UGC) had recently asked all universities across the country to implement the new Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) within the curriculum. Two months after the UGC orders, The Ministry of Human Resource Development has questioned Delhi University on its preparedness for the system as Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh announced its implementation from the next academic session (2015-16).
Parallel to the long-lasting memory of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) at Delhi University, the HRD ministry has written a letter to Dinesh Singh questioning the rashness of his decision. The move is an attempt to avoid a fiasco like the UPA-II government’s introduction of the now revoked FYUP system.
Under the new system, a humanities student will be able to study science subjects that will cover 20% of his or her course and vice-versa. Students also have the option of shifting to another university for particular duration of that program. Other than introduction of the semester system, restructuring of syllabi in the form of modules, standardisation of examinations and a switch from the numerical marking system to grading system are some of the pre-requisites which have to be met.
A few teachers and students of different political hues have condemned the idea and its proposed system of implementation. Some Delhi University teachers have expressed concern that with inter-stream mobility being made much easier, traditional courses will find few takers. Students will find their interests fluctuating and contractual teachers will have to be employed so that when the demand for a subject goes down, their contract can be terminated.
According to the report by Business Standard, Delhi University spokesperson claims that they are working according to the guidelines issued by UGC. However, student representative body, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) requested the HRD Minister, Smriti Irani to intervene. ABVP also demanded a wider debate involving students’ unions and the administration to further discuss the matter.
Click here to read the full document for guidelines of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), as issued by UGC.
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