The UGC has shot off letters to all universities, directing them to implement a choice-based credit scheme to allow ‘seamless mobility’ of students across higher education institutions and bring in a uniform grading system. The recent move came after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said implementation of the scheme would begin from the next academic session.
In a letter to the Vice-Chancellors, the UGC has said the scheme should be adopted by the varsities from the 2015-16 session.
The letter said that owing to diversity in the evaluation system followed by different varsities, students face problems in pursuing higher studies or applying for jobs.
It added that the credit scheme would ensure “seamless mobility of students across the higher education institutions in the country as well as abroad”. “The credit earned by the student can be transferred and would be of great value to the students in the event of their seeking migration from one institution to the other,” it said.
Claiming it is “desirable to introduce (a) uniform grading system”, the UGC has formulated guidelines for the adoption of the scheme.
These norms would be applicable to all undergraduate and postgraduate level degree courses, diploma and certificate programmes awarded by Central, state and deemed universities.
The commission has recommended a 10-point grading system.