After setting in motion the four-year undergraduate programme and the semester system, the Delhi University administration is now mulling over another set of “academic reforms” — implementation of the credit system at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
If enforced, the credit system would result in a complete overhaul of the evaluation system, as marks will be replaced with credits. The new system will also look at a possible reduction in the number of years spent for a postgraduate degree.
“If we want DU to make it to the top international rankings, the first thing that we need to do is apply the credit system. We, at Delhi University, are in fact too late to make the shift. Other universities such as Indian Institure of Science, Bangalore, are functioning under the credit system,” Umesh Rai, Director of South Campus, said.
Even though the modalities are yet to be worked out, the need for implementing the credit system gains relevance with the four-year undergraduate course. A student need not spend two years to get a Masters’ degree if she can earn the required number of credits in one year, senior university officials said.
“The change needs to come from the departments. The heads of each department need to sit together and prepare a structure for assigning credits to particular courses,” Rai said.
According to university authorities, however, the final structure of the credit distribution between the undergraduate and the postgraduate courses needs to be decided at the national level.
A University Grants Commission report on expansion of higher education under the Twelfth Plan also highlights the need for a “choice-based credit system”.
Among reforms suggested in the report are “the introduction of Semester System, Continuous and Comprehensive Internal Assessment, Choice Based Credit System and mobility of students through effective mechanism of credit transfer across institutions of higher education”.
A UGC meeting dating back to January 2009 also underlined the role of a credits system in “inter-university student mobility”. According to the minutes of the meeting, the commission approved, in principle, the guidelines for the new scheme relating to “Inter-University student mobility enabling students to undergo off-campus courses