In an effort to move towards a more student-centric system of education, the Maharashtra government has decided to shift to the choice-based credit system (CBCS) from the next academic year [2015-16] for all higher education courses.
The system will enable students to adopt an interdisciplinary approach from their first year of college, after Class 12, and make a choice between papers in a course, which
will be split into a core subject, an elective or a minor subject and a soft skill or foundation subject.
It also enables students to move vertically or horizontally by choosing additional subjects, and to move across colleges to learn them.
The grading system will be determined by the number of hours a student puts in for class and field work.
The minister for higher education, Vinod Tawde, who was in Delhi for a meeting of education ministers with the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani on CBCS and other issues, said, “Students who want to learn chemistry, political science and music at the same time can do so. They can work on getting credits and can even take a break between two terms and use the collated credits. That’s the beauty of this system.”
The framework for this system, which was put forth by the University Grants Commission recently, is being embraced by state education departments across India.
“We are keen on implementing the system from the upcoming academic year. We will have a detailed discussion with university chancellors, professors and students and introduce it,” Tawde said.
The Centre has agreed to set up a joint working group comprising Central and state government nominees to sort out the critical issues in the implementation of the system.
Irani has also agreed to set up a grievance cell in the UGC Commission to address challenges faced during implementation of the new system.
During the meeting, Irani also gave a nod to the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Nagpur.