Discussion for CBCS

The Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry has called a meeting of Vice Chancellors of Central University on July 7. The meeting has been called for the discussion on the implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).

For the coming season of 2015-16, the government is all set to implement the CBCS method of marking in the universities.

According to PTI, officials claimed that most of the universities have put a mechanism in place to implement the proposed programme and the syllabi is being fine-tuned.

The debate regarding the CBCS is intensifying with a section of academic fraternity rejecting the proposed reforms in the education system as a “crackdown on varsities’ autonomy”. While universities including Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University have announced they would adopt the system in the 2015-16 session, their teachers bodies are up in arms against the proposal, claiming the students are being treated as ‘guinea pigs’ for this experiment.

Dismissing such contention, the commission has said that “nothing contrary has been suggested in the template of the syllabi so designed by the experts” and has offered to let the universities deviate 30 per cent from a common syllabus it has laid down, improving on an offer of 20 per cent made earlier.

Calling it a “cafeteria approach” UGC had in September last year asked all central universities to implement CBCS from the ensuing academic session, following a meeting of its Vice-Chancellors”.

CBCS allows students ‘seamless mobility’ across higher education institutions and transfer of credit earned by students.