The University of Mumbai is seeking feedback, particularly from students, on the year-old credit semester system as part of a review into the system.
A committee headed by Naresh Chandra, the university’s pro vice-chancellor, is in the process of compiling a report reviewing the system since it came into effect a year ago. So far the committee has not received any suggestions from students.
“We request everyone to give us their suggestions, all suggestions are most welcome,” said Naresh Chandra, pro vice chancellor. “Everyone’s support is necessary to make this system successful.”
Chandra said students could e-mail him at email@example.com.
The credit system was introduced in the last academic year for first year students in bachelors of arts, commerce and science streams as well as for final year bachelor of commerce students.
So far the university has received feedback that says the system is cumbersome and time-consuming. However, this does not mean they will go back to the old system.
“If there are gaps, we will try and address these, going back to the old system is not the solution,” said Chandra.
The committee is likely to finalise its report by the end of the week. It will then be placed before the academic council and the management council.
Teachers have been most vociferous in their opposition to the credit-semester system, saying that it has taken away teaching time, involves too many tests and evaluations and that there are too many students to one teacher.
“The credit system is not a feasible scheme,” said Madhu Paranjpe, general secretary of the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union. “There was not much discussion before its implementation and it was done in a hurried manner.”