The UGC has clarified that the introduction of Choice Based Credit System will not hamper the academic liberal environment of the universities, despite protests and rumblings from several institutions in the recent past.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been trying to introduce the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for quite some time and guidelines have been framed in November, 2014, providing guidelines on how to design the CBCS to keep in view the thumb rule of uniformity in syallbi, said the UGC.The UGC said so far 8 workshops have been held all over India in which VCs of all Central, State and Private Universities participated and the Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities in February 2015 gave their consent to implement it from this year itself, that is 2015-16, said the statement.
This CBCS will bring State Universities and Central Universities at par with international standards so that the students who pass out from these universities are not at any disadvantage in comparison with the private universities. Though the UGC did not list any comparison to this effect, it may be noted that none of the Indian universities rank within 100 in Times Higher Education Ranks for the world.The UGC also said that it has helped several universities to design curricula for undergraduate courses which would assimilate with the provisions of CBCS and the syllabi has been put in the public domain for feedback, said the country’s higher education agency.
The syllabi, once finalised, will give leverage to the universities to modify the same to the extent of 30%, which will be enhanced from 20% after feedback, depending upon their areas of specialisation.
The UGC has clarified that this is not deviation from the earlier practice where inter-university migration required a minimum 70% equivalency as such implying that the syllabi all over India in undergraduate level are similar to the extent of 70%.
Under the CBCS system the elective subjects will only be from the subjects which are available in the Universities or Institutes and it will not add the teaching load of the teachers beyond the norms stipulated earlier, said the UGC.Also there will be no inter-institute/inter-college migration or transfer of teachers and the UGC will not suppress the academic liberal environment of the university as nothing contrary has been suggested in the template of the syllabi so designed by the experts, it noted.