Panjab University (PU) is all set to implement choice-based credit system (CBCS) in honours school courses from 2016-17. This decision was taken in a meeting of the chairpersons and deans, which was headed by vice-chancellor professor Arun Kumar Grover.
The university will implement CBCS in honours school courses in anthropology, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics and computing, microbiology, physics, electronics and zoology.
The varsity has earlier already launched CBCS in the new institute, Panjab University Institute of Social Sciences Education and Research (PUISSER), for honours school programmes in social sciences.
University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines say the CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses comprising core, elective/minor or skill-based courses.
“The modalities will be decided by a committee headed by professor Sanjay Chibber. We would make sure that it would be implemented both for graduate and postgraduate courses simultaneously,” informed professor Rajat Sandhir, who attended the meeting. The courses can be evaluated following the grading system, which is considered to be better than the conventional marks system.
The uniform grading system will also enable potential employers in assessing the performance of the candidates. In order to bring uniformity in evaluation system and computation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) based on student’s performance in examinations, the UGC has even formulated the guidelines to be followed.
Other decisions taken at meeting
Students’ feedback form will be passed on to students at the end of the current semester and its result will be intimated to the teacher concerned. The suggestions from teachers will be asked for any improvement in the feedback form. The chairpersons were reminded that as per directions of the syndicate/ senate, all the cases of CAS promotions were to be processed/ forwarded after pre-screening within required time frame of 10 days. The departments were asked to complete pre-screening of direct recruitment in a timebound manner.
Professor Grover asked the chairpersons to undergo stock taking of updating CVs and other information on the websites of departments. He said that the claims made in the CV should be verifiable. He also asked the faculty to update their CV every six months that is in every semester.
PU V-C invited the applications from the faculty to serve as director and associate director of Research Promotion Cell (RPC) and IAS Centre as per the guidelines approved by the syndicate.
Advantages of CBCS as per UGC
• Shift in focus from the teacher-centric to student-centric education
• Students may undertake as many credits as they can cope with (without repeating all courses in a given semester if they fail in one or more courses)
• CBCS allows students to choose inter-disciplinary, intra-disciplinary courses, skill oriented papers (even from other disciplines according to their learning needs, interests and aptitude)
• The new system makes education broad-based and at par with global standards. One can take credits by combining unique combinations. For example, physics with economics, microbiology with chemistry or environment science
• CBCS offers flexibility for students to study at different times and at different institutions to complete one course (easy mobility for students). Credits earned at one institution can be transferred