In an attempt to provide students the freedom to choose what they want to study according to their interests and abilities, Panjab University is all set to introduce choice-based credit system (CBCS) in all streams of social sciences at the master's degree level.
Varsity authorities are in the process of studying the CBCS model prevalent in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi and other top universities of the country.
The system would be introduced in School of Communication Studies on a pilot basis from this academic session.
The decision was taken in a recent meeting of chairpersons of arts faculty headed by dean, Prof BS Ghuman. "Education imparted under the system will be more student-centric," said Prof Ghuman.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had formed a committee for academic and administrative reforms, which strongly recommended CBCS for providing enhanced learning opportunities to match the students' scholastic needs and also their aspirations.
Many universities in the country have already implemented the system.
Giving details, Prof Ghuman said that the students would have to study up to 75% of the core course while the remaining would be elective. Students enrolled for a particular course would be free to opt for an elective course as prescribed under the programme within the university.
"Under the new system, if a student takes admission in history, he or she can also study journalism or any allied subject as elective," said Prof Ghuman, adding, "The system will improve students' employability."
Dr Archana R Singh, chairperson of the School of Communication Studies, where the system would be launched first, said the students of fourth semester in the master's programme would have the option to choose two of their subjects as electives out of a total of six options.
Welcoming the decision, the students demanded that CBCS should be introduced in all the streams for their benefit.
"The education system needs to be changed according to changing times, and the varsity has made the right move by deciding to implement CBCS," said Sandeep Boora, a student of law.