The Delhi University’s (DU) Executive Council (EC)—the highest decision making body of the university—on Tuesday approved the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) amid opposition from a section of EC members who pointed out that the basic objective of the CBCS—to ensure mobility for students—may not get fulfilled.
“The basic objective of the CBCS—to ensure mobility for students from one institution to another—may not be fulfilled because of in build problems. Even intra-university migration is not easy under the CBCS. The implementation of the CBCS is an attack on autonomy of university as it is snatching away the basic right of the university to frame syllabi,” JL Gupta, an EC member, wrote in his dissenting letter.
A section of teachers who have been opposing the CBCS said that the choices under that the CBCS system may not be provided. “We are, in principal, against the CBCS as it violates university ordinances and takes away DU’s autonomy in framing syllabi. The choices that the CBCS talks about cannot be provided. There hasn’t been any infrastructure development to allow seamless mobility. A lot has not been defined. The first choice that students need is an increase in undergraduate seats and quality of education. If that does not happen there is no real choice. The CBCS is likely to turn out a flop,” Abha Dev Habib, an EC member, said.
The EC’s approval came amid opposition by some members, including the Chancellor’s nominee Javed Chowdhury. 21 members of the Academic Council—which had approved CBCS on Tuesday—had opposed the implementation of CBCS from this academic session.
Expressing their dissent in the EC meeting, teachers alleged that the matter was placed as reporting item and no discussion was allowed on the issue, which is a violation of the statutory norm.
“The imposition of syllabi made by the UGC, whether with 20% or 30% variation allowed, was in conflict with the Delhi University Act, which empowers the university statutory bodies for this purpose. The manner in which an academically dubious scheme is being bulldozed in the varsity signals a move towards another FYUP episode,” Habib added.
Another EC member, A K Bhagi, said, “We have objections to the CBCS and the way it is being implemented. I had put two proposals in the meeting. One for referring back AC’s decision and second was that because admission has taken place under previous structure there cannot be change at this point of time. But the vice-chancellor declared that resolution on approving the CBCS was adopted.”
There was opposition to CBCS by the university court too. 28 members of the court submitted a protest letter to the VC expressing disapproval of the statutory violations by the administration while implementation the CBCS.
The university authorities, however, maintained that the varsity doesn’t see any difficulty in implementing the CBCS from the upcoming academic session and all decisions have been approved with majority and are in sync with the varsity norms.