UGC for more flexibility to students in pursuing courses

Proposal to replace the current Credit Based Choice System

The Government proposes to replace the current Credit Based Choice System (CBCS) with a new one that will allow students to join in one university, pursue the courses with another and earn a degree from a different university, said Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC).

This is being thought of to give flexibility to students, he said, while interacting with the media on the sidelines of the three-day Training of Teachers (ToT) for Student Induction Program (SIP) being conducted at the IIIT Hyderabad here on Thursday.

He said the UGC had also proposed granting recognition to National Academic Credit Bank that allowed students to pursue courses from different streams like in a foreign university. For example, a B.Tech student has to study for 150 credit points, of which 120 are from core subjects and the remaining hobby courses like music or dance from a non-conventional institution.

The UGC has already appointed a committee which met a couple of times to study the same and soon it will be put up for peer review and exploring the modalities to take it forward. It would be first introduced as pilot project and efforts are on to put it on the track by 2021.

The three-day programme is being attended by around 225 faculty from leading institutes across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Dr. Renu Batra, Additional Secretary, UGC, Prof Rajeev Singhal, former Director IIIT-H, Prof. Duraisamy, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, Chennai, and Prof. P. J. Narayan, Director, IIIT-H were among those present. The programme is coordinated by Prof. R. Pradeep Kumar of Human Cell of IIIT-H.

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