‘Clearing the air of confusion among flustered students and parents, the controversial Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) will finally be rolled out by all central universities for the academic session 2015-2016. This decision came despite protests from a large section of teachers and students.
A meeting of Vice Chancellors was called in by the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry on July 7 to talk about the implementation of the CBCS. Most of the universities have put a mechanism in place for the programme and have apparently also set the syllabus and structure.
While only a few universities sought for one more year for the implementation, most institutions including the Delhi University agreed to roll over the CBCS in order to allow seamless mobility across higher education institutions, let students choose multidisciplinary subjects and even transfer the credits earned in one institution.
The meeting was chaired by higher education secretary V S Oberoi in the absence of HRD minister Smriti Irani. Out of the 39 universities present, 37 have decided to introduce the Choice Based Credit System at the post-graduate level. The University Grants Commission has developed syllabi on 103 subjects, 85 of which are main line courses and 18 are specialised courses, giving 30 per cent choice to the universities to made amendments in the courses.