The Delhi University Academic Council has approved the syllabi for 100 courses under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) beginning July 20, 2015
The Delhi University Academic Council (DUAC) has given its sign off on the syllabi for the undergraduate courses to be taught under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) commencing for students joining in the year 2015. The syllabus for all courses was placed in front of the Executive Council (EC) on Tuesday, July 13, 2015. The syllabi for about 100 courses was finalized and will be now be implemented for all following batches.
The Choice Based Credit System is a grading system introduced by the University Grants Commision in accordance with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to bring about equity, efficiency and excellence in the higher education system of the country. The task of designing and structuring the courses was left in the hands of the UGC.
This approval was, however, not unanimous in nature and face a lot of backlash from many EC members and teachers sitting in the meeting, including the Chancellor’s nominee, Javed Chowdhary. Furthermore, around 21 members of the Academic Council had opposed the decision to implement the CBCS system from this academic session at the very same meeting.
The entire atmosphere in the nine hour-long meeting was said to be heated and filled with arguments. Teachers alleged that their opinion was not considered and were provided with no scope for discussion. By the end of it, the meeting was put to a halt abruptly by the Vice-Chancellor.
There are many reasons for this kind of backlash against this system. Abha Dev Habib, an EC member, said, “We are, in principal, against the CBCS as it violates university ordinances and takes away DU’s autonomy in framing syllabi. The choices that the CBCS talks about cannot be provided. There hasn’t been any infrastructure development to allow seamless mobility. A lot has not been defined. The first choice that students need is an increase in undergraduate seats and quality of education. If that does not happen there is no real choice. The CBCS is likely to turn out a flop. The manner in which an academically dubious scheme is being bulldozed in the varsity signals a move towards another FYUP episode”
DU authorities have maintained a neutral and optimistic stance by declaring that it sees no implementation difficulties by applying it from the 2015 academic calendar and that all laws are in coordination with the varsity norms.
To know more about the structure, process and guidelines of the CBCS, click here.