KPCTA to boycott choice-based credit, semester system

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40 per cent of teaching posts vacant in colleges

Accuses Syndicate of violating its own statute

KANNUR: The Kerala Private College Teachers’ Association (KPCTA) will boycott the choice-based credit and semester system that is to be introduced in Kannur University from the current academic year.

KPCTA president Khader Mangad and regional president Balachandran Keezhoth said here that KPCTA members of the university’s task force boycotted a meeting of the task force held here on Wednesday as a token of the association’s protest.

The decision of the university Syndicate to implement the system without necessary preparation and discussion will adversely affect the students and the society, they said.

Dr. Mangad and Dr. Keezhoth said that as 40 per cent of the teaching posts were vacant in colleges and another 20 per cent of teachers were to join the Faculty Development Programme of the University Grants Commission (UGC), any move to introduce the system this year would harm the academic community.

Accusing the Syndicate of violating its own statute by not allowing involvement of academic bodies such as the Boards of Studies and the Faculty and Academic Council that should decide academic matters, they said that students at the university’s Thalassery campus at Palayad here had experienced difficulties when the system was introduced in 2007. The students had been issued mark sheets without the signature of the Controller of Examinations, they said.

Teaching vacancies

They also demanded that the government issue an order to fill teaching vacancies including those for courses sanctioned in 1998. They also called for detailed discussions with organisations of teachers and students before introducing the system.

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