Choice Based Credit System

Choice Based Credit System

Choice Based Credit System.University Grant Commission (UGC) has issued an advisory to universities to implement the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS)...

University Grant Commission (UGC) has issued an advisory to universities to implement the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) starting from the academic session starting in 2015. The new system will be made mandatory for all 400 public universities at the undergraduate and post graduate level. Students will be allowed to study subjects of their choice and migrate to different institutes in the country smoothly through the grading system. The students have chance to learn at their own pace.

Foundation course consists of English, Language, Value Education, and Personality Development. A student can opt for any one of the languages offered by the Department of Languages. General Courses offers an introduction to each Major discipline. Students may choose to study any one course, other than the one offered by their own department.Core Courses consist of Major and Allied Courses.

Major courses are offered by each of the academic departments with a number of innovative and popular courses. Allied courses are aimed at facilitating desired complementarity with the Major courses of study. The compulsory allied is decided by the department. The optional allied is chosen by the students from a list of three allied subjects specified by the departments.An inter-disciplinary Elective and a General Elective are offered by each department to impart skill-based instruction, thus providing an opportunity for the Undergraduate student to gain knowledge in an application-oriented subject.

A UG can acquire additional credits by participating in any one of the programmes like NCC, NSS, Sports, Scrub Society, Department Association etc However, Delhi University teachers contend that the CBCS will add to the deterioration of teaching-learning process in DU. They do not agree with the manner in which the government is trying to enact a uniform education system and syllabus throughout the country.

They are concerned that institutions will lose academic autonomy and that they would have no say in the education structure or policy making. Another issue is that there is no mention of how to merge CBCS with the existing problems that colleges face. There is lack of infrastructure, low teacher to student ratio and shortage of faculty. However, UGC has not taken into account the problems regarding equality, equity and accessibility.

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