The Choice based credit system that had given rise to a lot of controversies has been approved by all central universities and will be started from the coming academic session regardless of the protest from a section of teachers and students.
Although all the universities including Delhi University has “unanimously” agreed to start the CBCS at its crucial meet of the VCs on Tuesday a few sought another year but eventually decided to embrace it from the upcoming academic session.
According to sources the Benares Hindu University is planning to implement the CBCS in phases in different departments.
The meeting was chaired by Higher Education Secretary VS Oberoi though the HRD Minister Smriti Irani was absent and Visva Bharti Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta who got served a showcase notice the previous week too stayed away from the meet.
Certain sections of teachers and students claim CBCS is not legal.
The meeting was conducted against the backdrop of continuous protest by a certain section of teachers and students of DU who question the legality of the programme and claim the proposed reforms in the education system in the form of CBCS is a “crackdown on varsities autonomy”
There were other such similar protests against CBCS that were organized by Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) and Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) held outside the venue of the VC meet in Vigyan Bhavan.
“All VCs assured that their preparations are complete and they will be starting CBCS this academic session,” claimed a ministry statement after the meeting.
It also stated that out of 39 central universities, 37 have already introduced CBCS at the post graduate level and while 13 new central universities do not have under graduate programmes , 18 have already introduced CBCS at this level.
The UGC has developed a new syllabus on 103 subjects out of which 85 are main line courses and 18 are specialized courses thus giving 30% lee way to the universities to make amendments in the courses.
The next meeting of the VCs is scheduled in October before the president will be reviewing the institute’s performance in October.
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