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
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