Despite UGC directive, few varsities adopt choice based credit system

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2015 16:06 IST

After the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked all universities to implement the choice based credit system (CBCS) last year, few varsities have adopted the system, while many are yet to and those who have continue to differ on details of the system.

The CBCS provides choice for students to select, apart from the core subjects, electives or soft skill courses. The degree will be awarded based on the number of credits that the students complete in the course.

On Friday, the University of Mumbai along with Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtirya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya will host officials from UGC and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for a seminar on implementation of the system, inclusion of skill based vocational courses among others.

Representatives from 134 universities, 100 officials from the AICTE and 76 college principals will attend the conference. “The workshops will help bring clarity about the CBCS and help universities implement them successfully,” vice chancellor Rajan Welukar said.

The institute will collaborate with the UGC to conduct similar workshops in six states, including Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Chattisgarh and Bihar. While Mumbai University will be implementing the CBCS, Delhi University has opposed it stating that is the implementation of the credit system is being forced without any broad based consensus.

The workshop will include UGC recommended ways to compute the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in a manner that it does not vary from one university to another. SGPA is the sum of all credit points by a student in all course components and the credits scored for all the courses.

At the recently held all vice chancellor’s meeting by the Maharashtra Governor, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, implementation of the CBCS system has been advised across all universities in the state by next year.

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