The state government has pulled up universities for not implementing the credit, semester and grading system as per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
It has asked the state’s 19 universities to give them a detailed action plan on its implementation within eight days. Representatives from all universities met the state higher education minister Rajesh Tope in the city on Tuesday.
While the UGC, a central body, has been advocating the credit system for years now, two years ago it asked all universities to put in these systems or they will cut grants. But in Maharashtra universities have done it only in parts. For example, in Mumbai University postgraduate courses in some autonomous departments have the credit system.
A credit system, which is awarded in terms of the work hours put in by a student, will help make universities here compatible with universities across the world. The grading system will also reduce the pressure on students because of the marking system. For example, a student who scores 55 is perceived to be better than a student who scores 53, but they all fall within the same band, which is where the grading system helps.
“Universities have been lagging behind with implementation and now the government has to intervene. If they do not begin work on it, we will take strict action,” said Tope.
The government is also thinking of providing workshops to help universities implement credit systems according to UGC guidelines, which allow compatibility with other universities abroad as well as in India.
The university representatives, meanwhile, agreed to bring in the credit system. “The UGC had developed a model curriculum for most subjects. So wherever, the universities have implemented the model curriculum, they will try and convert them to credit,” said a university official.