Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the introduction of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in the university as it would have “adverse consequences on the quality of teaching, learning and access to higher education”.
“CBCS is a systematic change which is being pushed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Human Resource Development Ministry without ample discussion with the primary stakeholders, teachers and students, on the desirability, feasibility and long-term implications of such a change,” DUTA president Nandita Narain said.
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Staff associations of 53 colleges had submitted their objections to DUTA, citing reasons for rejecting the proposed system. Teachers of Lady Shri Ram College found the “cafeteria approach” in which students can serve themselves the courses they want to study, “unworkable”. “With limited infrastructure and faculty strength, CBCS would remain a mere eyewash. Most institutions like ours will have to put a cap on the choice of courses actually offered, just as we had done in the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP),” the teachers said.
Similarly, College of Vocational Studies also passed a unanimous decision rejecting CBCS on account of the system being “very similar” to the recently rolled-back FYUP and “suffering from the same drawbacks”.
“By dictating the structure and syllabi, the UGC is overstepping its statutory jurisdiction and taking away academic autonomy of universities to frame their own course curriculum and syllabi. CBCS asks universities to perform like factory outlets and teachers to teach in an environment which alienates them from their roles as intellectual mentors,” the resolution stated.