Change is very important in education and regular and appropriate syllabus revision is the mark of a good university, feel students

An outdated curriculum is often considered among the biggest problems with the education system in India. Syllabus revision is a routine followed once in four years in some universities. Is that enough is the question, as professional demands have almost always outdone knowledge supplied by academics.

The Bangalore University recently introduced changes in the commerce and management course syllabi, stating that “there is a great need to upgrade the curriculum”. This seems to be the case for most courses and universities. But constant revision too could be a problem. The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to some students about their views on the need for a regular syllabus update.

Aravind G.R, first semester, B.A. Journalism, Presidency College, Bangalore

Syllabi in colleges should be changed at least every three years as there are constant changes in trends in the market. For example, BCA students until now only studied C, C++ and Java at the basic levels, whereas the companies that they will be joining will have other challenging programming languages which the students would not know. It is the duty of the university board (board of studies) to change the syllabus to help the students manage with the rapidly growing world. The syllabus must reflect the need of the field. In B.A. Journalism, we only have theoretical knowledge, but the profession needs more practical knowledge than theoretical.

A detailed look has to be taken into the current syllabus as well as the changes that have been introduced in the industry, and the syllabus must be updated accordingly.

Abhishek N.V., first year, B.A.-LL.B, University Law College, Bangalore University

Syllabus revision in Indian universities is not done very often as I suppose it involves a complicated procedure. The syllabus is outdated everywhere, and nobody takes the responsibility for it. Change should be introduced whenever there is a grave need for it. Though law schools (or any institution for that matter) boast about the latest updated syllabus, they have clearly failed to achieve the main objective of the particular profession. The current trend in the industry and what it expects should be kept in mind. For this to happen, students and the professors should interact with the luminaries in the respective field.

However, the syllabus shouldn't be changed very often as it might result in confusion in the long run. When I go to work as a junior in a law firm there is a possibility that sharing of certain legal ideas might become difficult if syllabus is changed often.

Rajani K.V., fifth semester, B.A. (Journalism, English Literature, Psychology), NMKRV College for Women

For the course in English Literature, we have syllabus revisions in our college with respect to the texts but not the authors. I think that the syllabus should be changed from time to time to keep the professors motivated and also to adapt to the current needs and trends. Syllabus changes need not be made at fixed intervals; they can be done when thought necessary. But care should be taken to ensure that the syllabus stays grounded in the objectives with which it was set. It should be tweaked suitably to adjust to the flow of changing thoughts and ideas.

Shruthi Nair, first semester, M.Sc. Biochemistry, Mahajana P.G. Centre, Mysore University

It is very important for the syllabus to be revised every two years, especially in the life science subjects. With new trends emerging in this field, it is important for the students to get exposed to the current situation. Especially for the practical portion of the syllabus, there has to be constant revision. This will be useful in building a good knowledge system in the students, and will also help in their placements. It will also ensure that students are well equipped to deal with the demands of the profession.

Shreelakshmi V.N., II Semester, B.Com, Jain University

Change is very important in education. Regular and appropriate syllabus revision is the mark of a good university. However, such updates are not made on a regular basis in most universities. It is absolutely necessary to update the knowledge base with reference to the latest developments and therefore, revision of syllabus is essential in imparting value education. This will keep students on the right track and will ensure that they are equipped to compete in the present world scenario. In the absence of such revisions, programmes taught would be outdated and hence inadequate. Such changes should be at the discretion of the universities and in every branch of education, eminent academicians should recommend the required changes in syllabus whenever necessary. This will be more effective compared to perfunctory framing of laws to bring out revision of syllabus.