DU goes ahead with CBCS system, despite teachers’ objections

By: | Updated: May 3, 2015 5:08 PM

In an official communication to Deans of all faculties on April 29, DU's joint registrar has directed them to start preparations for CBCS implementation.

duta duDelhi university to introduce CBCS from the upcoming academic session apparently without the “mandate” of the varsity’s executive council. (PTI)

Delhi University has decided to go ahead with the introduction of Choice Based Credit Transfer scheme (CBCS) from the upcoming academic session apparently without the “mandate” of the varsity’s executive council.

In an official communication to Deans of all faculties on April 29, DU’s joint registrar (academics) has directed them to start preparations for its implementation.

The Registrar’s communication came after a meeting between the Vice Chancellor and the Deans to discuss its implementation on April 23.

“I advise you to start the process of preparation of syllabi for all the undergraduate courses within the structure laid down by University Grants Commission (UGC). The detailed guidelines, course structure, draft model syllabi for nineteen undergraduate courses which are available on UGC’s website may be carefully pursued by you before starting the process,” the letter said.

CBCS allows students’ ‘seamless mobility’ across higher education institutions and transfer of credit earned by students.

However, members of the Executive Council, which is the supreme decision making body of the varsity, said the matter has not been reported before the EC.

“The matter has not come for its perusal before the Executive Council. Like the FYUP, this matter is also being forced in a fast track manner following UGC diktat. The university has all the rights and autonomy to reject the proposed programme,” Abha Dev Habib, an EC member said.

“How can the faculty deans decide on the matter with the Vice Chancellor and initiate the proceedings without EC mandate?, she added.

The communication sent to dean and faculties to roll out CBCS merely refers to the meeting held between them and Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh but did not elaborate further.

The decision of DU came against the backdrop of a section of DU teachers submitting a feedback of 40 affiliated colleges to UGC opposing implementation of CBCS on the ground that its roll out without exhaustive deliberation would be “disastrous” for the university.

Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) had last week also written to UGC Chairman Ved Prakash saying the programme is being ‘hastily pushed’.

“The experience in Delhi University with the introduction of the FYUP and its subsequent roll-back shows that ‘reforms’ brought about without debate and discussion on its feasibility and desirability would have disastrous consequences. The unseemly haste with which yet another reform in the form of the CBCS is sought to be pushed is alarming,” the association had said in the letter.

UGC had in September last year asked all central universities to implement CBCS from the ensuing academic session following a meeting of the vice chancellors of all universities.

DU had formed a seven-member committee in December last year to propose changes in the varsity’s examination system with a view to implementing the scheme.

The committee had submitted its recommendations, based on which the varsity had passed the proposal in its Academic Council (AC) of going ahead with the implementation.

However, its plans were spoked by the HRD ministry which questioned the VC about varsity’s preparations before doing the same.

Since, then the varsity has been undecided over the scheme.

The communication sent on April 29 also advised the dean and faculty to start the process for framing syllabi of Modern Indian languages taught in the university at the undergraduate level since UGC has not designed syllabi of these courses.

 

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