UGC embarks on change; seeks CBCS implementation data from Universities

It has been more than a year since University Grants Commission (UGC) had introduced Choice-Based Credit System i.e., CBCS in Indian institutions. Instead of reforming and improving anything, the proposal, as outlined by the University Grants Commission (UGC), will swamp the little patches of excellence that still manage to survive in India’s higher education and replace them with monochrome mediocrity that all students who aspire to excel will flee, by scholarship, loan, émigré uncle, hook or crook. A number of institutions have shown enthusiasm for the implementation of the CBCS. So much so that while some universities have introduced CBCS at all the levels, others had done it at certain levels.

ugcLast Wednesday here, UGC has issued the circular demanding the universities and colleges to submit data for the uniform implementation of CBCS. Under this system an inbuilt flexibility will be provided to students where they can pursue courses of their choice in the form of electives. This will not only broaden their horizons but will intend to make students all rounder’s in all spheres of development. The University Grants Commission (UGC) is in process to create database for implementing Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) at universities and colleges.

Why has the UGC embarked on this change? Here is the rationale, in its own words, “The education plays enormously significant role in building of a nation. There are quite a large number of educational institutions, engaged in imparting education in our country. Majority of them have entered recently into semester system to match with international educational pattern.

If you aim for greatness, the aim of higher education must unwaveringly be set on advancing knowledge in myriad areas, of myriad kinds. Educated people can learn and unlearn skills as required. Those deprived of an education but merely train in skills will be shortchanged for life, when their skills are made redundant by the advance of knowledge.

For Instance: The Shivaji University board of colleges and university development (BCUD) introduced CBCS across colleges and necessary approvals from the board of studies have already been taken. The CBCS provides flexible learning approach for students and under this system, they can take interdisciplinary subjects along with their regular courses. Shivaji University had introduced a credit system two years ago. Under the credit-based grading system a fixed number of credits are allotted per subject in a semester. SUK has over 280 affiliated colleges across Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur districts with over 3 lakh studying at various courses. According to officials, this move will bring transparency and much needed advancement to the education system in the division.

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