Choice-based credit sys­tem or con­fu­sion?

NO CLAR­ITY With just two weeks re­main­ing for the start of the new ses­sion at Delhi Univer­sity, col­leges are still not clear about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of CBCS

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

As Delhi Univer­sity pre­pares for the start of yet another aca­demic ses­sion, it is also set to im­ple­ment the choice-based credit sys­tem (CBCS). Ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) no­ti­fi­ca­tion, all univer­si­ties should im­ple­ment CBCS and se­mes­ter sys­tem from the aca­demic year 2015-16.

This, how­ever, has its chal­lenges, the big­gest one be­ing clar­ity for col­leges in terms of im­ple­men­ta­tion. The univer­sity has over 60 col­leges of­fer­ing un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes in science, com­merce and hu­man­i­ties. The CBCS would pro­vide a ‘cafe­te­ria’ type ap­proach in which the stu­dents can take cour­ses of their choice, learn at their own pace, take up ad­di­tional cour­ses and ac­quire more than the re­quired cred­its. Thus, they can adopt an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ap­proach to learn­ing. But col­leges are un­sure how this will be pos­si­ble with just about two weeks re­main­ing for the ses­sion to be­gin. COL­LEGES WOR­RIED ABOUT CLAR­ITY “We are not sure if it will be im­ple­mented this year. There are a lot of as­pects re­lated to CBCS such as al­low­ing stu­dents to take up dif­fer­ent sub­jects and mov­ing from one col­lege to the other. We have lit­tle clar­ity on these and it also has prac­ti­cal prob­lems,” says a se­nior fac­ulty mem­ber from Lady Shri Ram Col­lege.

Col­leges are also con­cerned about the lack of re­sources. “We will have to rely on ad-hoc fac­ulty and ex­pand ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture to of­fer choices to stu­dents. Fa­mil­iari­sa­tion work­shops should be con­ducted for prin­ci­pals and teach­ers. We are yet to cal­cu­late work­load and pre­pare lab­o­ra­to­ries and time ta­bles. With over 50% teach­ers work­ing on an ad-hoc ba­sis, this means that we will wait for clar­ity be­fore mak­ing re­cruit­ments,” says another col­lege prin­ci­pal.

It is not clear how the sug­gested changes will help stu­dents. “The univer­sity has al­lowed ad­mis­sions till Au­gust 14, which leaves just about two months for the col­leges to fin­ish one se­mes­ter. And in these two months, we have to make room for other ac­tiv­i­ties too such as sem­i­nars, tests, sports com­pe­ti­tions etc as well. But we should ac­cept CBCS if it is to be im­ple­mented,” says VK Kawa­tra, prin­ci­pal, Han­sraj Col­lege. CHAL­LENGES AMID DIS­SENT Novem­ber 2014 on­wards, the MHRD and the UGC sent no­tices to univer­si­ties to im­ple­ment


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