In a bid to enhance uniformity of education standards across the nation, University Grants Commission (UGC) had formulated guidelines for adoption of uniform Choice-Based Credit System across all universities.
The Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) initiated by the MHRD (Govt. of India) and the UGC had asked all the Universities in India to implement CBCS from the start of the next academic session in July 2015.
As a result of the diversity in the evaluation system followed by different universities in India, students have suffered acceptance of their credentials, at times, across the university system, as well as the employment agencies. With the introduction of this system, it is believed that the movement of students across the institutions in the country as well as abroad will improve.[caption id="attachment_32604" align="aligncenter" width="743"] List of courses for CBCS syllabi[/caption]
UGC urges the academic fraternity and students to go through the draft syllabi and send their comments/feedback to them at [email protected] by 25th April. The comments/feedback so received will be placed before the Expert Committee while finalising the syllabi.
UGC had constituted a committee of experts to frame/prepare model syllabi for undergraduate courses.
View the complete list of the undergraduate courses covered under this, here.
For further details on the tentative list of Undergraduate Disciplines/Courses to be covered under CBCS developing common minimum structure and syllabi, click here.
Staff Associations overwhelmingly vote against CBCS
The DUTA had sought feedback from staff associations and nearly 30 colleges sent in their resolutions totally rejecting or opposing the CBCS.
The colleges included Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Bhaskaraycharya College of Applied Sciences, College of Vocational Studies, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Dyal Singh College, Deshbandhu College, Hansraj College, Indraprastha College for Women, Institute of Home Economics, Kirori Mal College, Kamla Nehru College, Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House, Motilal Nehru College (M), Moti Lal Nehru College (E), MAC, PGDAV, Rajdhani College, SBSC (E), Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa, Satyawati (M) and Vivekananda College. A few other colleges also rejected the same in a meeting conducted later on.
Most of the resolutions felt that the quality of the teaching-learning process had been greatly undermined leading to academic dilution. Teachers felt that the CBCS was a new form of the FYUP and its implementation would have alarming consequences for the university.
According to the DUTA Press Release, members also expressed the view that the CBCS is not a new reform. Since 2008, the Union Government has been trying to implement it in a piecemeal fashion. The forced introduction of the Semester System in all UG courses was the first step. The CBCS is an integral part of the Central Universities Act of 2009 as well as that of the Common Central Universities Bill, 2013.
The UGC document does not make it clear how the CBCS will address the existing crisis in higher educational institutions today, such as shortage of faculty, lack of infrastructure, skewed teacher student ratio, among others. Instead of trying to address the issues of quality, equity and accessibility, it chooses to shrug off its responsibility by proposing the PPP model, which will accentuate the problems rather than addressing them.
Information sources: Press release by DUTA, Public notice by UGC and www.ugc.ac.inSidhant R. Seth [email protected]
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