The implementation of the UGC guidelines is also challenging for institutes such as Delhi University, where the semester system and credit-based system are already in place.
Abha Dev Habib, member of DU’s executive council, says, “The equivalence of evaluation system that the UGC has proposed isn’t very dynamic or new. When you have limited seats then you are forced to calculate everything in terms of marks. This is how culturally you determine the weightage of marks assigned by a particular university. A 90% score in St Stephen’s College is not the same as a 90% in Chaudhry Charan Singh University. Policy-wise, the UGC forced the universities to adopt the semester system. Without asking for review university-wise, it is trying to conclude that it’s a better system. There are several states such as Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala and even Delhi (University) where the semester system is not being favoured. The UGC is concluding that the semester system is better than the annual system without any data.’’
More than the grade, it is important to assess which university is awarding that grade. Even in the 72 colleges of DU, there is a lot of variation in terms of curricula, pedagogy and other aspects. “In a university like DU, when it comes to admissions, you have to come down to marks because the number of seats is limited. On paper, the credit system is in place in DU. The UGC can suggest but not dictate terms to universities to follow the same marking style and curriculum. These guidelines are not mandatory as these are recommendations. If the UGC tries to come up with regulations which are hard to implement but later on if it is building up to something, we will definitely resist it,” adds Habib.
What the guidelines state
A course is designed to comprise lectures/ tutorials/laboratory work/ field work/ outreach activities/ project work/ vocational training/viva/ seminars/ term papers/assignments/ presentations/ self-study etc or a combination of some of these
Under the new system, a Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) will provide choice for students to select from the prescribed courses (core, elective or minor or soft skill courses)
Under the Credit-Based Semester System (CBSS), the requirement for awarding a degree or diploma or certificate is prescribed in terms of number of credits to be completed by the students
Students will be offered core, elective and foundation courses where core courses will be compulsory and in the discipline of the major; electives may be chosen from a group of papers; the foundation courses will be of two types - compulsory foundation and elective foundation