The standing committee on academic affairs of the Delhi university has approved around 120 undergraduate courses under the choice-based credit system (CBCS) starting this academic year that begins later this month.
The approval comes despite seven of the eight elected members of the standing committee expressing dissent. The committee has around 35 members with eight elected members. The rest are nominated.
“Among the elected members of the standing committee, seven of us dissented on the way CBCS courses were approved. The courses were decided in haste. There hasn’t been wider consultation with teachers. However, the courses were passed despite our dissent,” said a member who attended the meeting.
Members of the standing committee submitted a letter of dissent saying that colleges under DU were ill-prepared for another change. “It is suggested to the University of Delhi to communicate to the HRD Ministry and UGC that University of Delhi is in no position to implement CBCS from the academic session 2015-16,” the letter said.
The dissenting members said if CBCS was implemented this year then the university would have three consecutive batches in three different schemes, namely the restructured four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), three-year semester system and the CBCS.
“This will be extremely difficult to manage both in terms of administration and teaching,” the dissent letter said.
CBCS courses and structure will now be sent to academic council and executive council — the highest decision-making bodies in DU—for approval, before colleges begin implementing it. The academic committee will meet on July 13 and executive council on July 14 to decide on the issue.
Meanwhile, 23 elected members of the academic committee and two elected executive council members wrote to the VC on Saturday expressing their opposition. “Admissions to DU began on 25 June. As per the various sections of DU Act admission can only have been made to existing courses... Implementation of new courses under CBCS now would be a grave illegality,” the letter said.