Nearly 92 per cent students in 18 colleges of Delhi University have rejected the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), according to a ‘referendum’ held by the Students Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday.
“Overall, 12, 679 votes were polled, of which 11,734 voted against CBCS, 1,016 voted in favour and 19 votes were declared invalid. This is a clear signal that students have rejected the CBCS. We had organised this referendum as part of our national call after intensive campaigning. On Thursday, a similar referendum will be organised at Jamia Millia Islamia,” said SFI state secretary Sunand.
Most teachers’ organisations and student wings, except the BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, have been critical of the CBCS and have been demanding its rollback.
The colleges covered by the ‘referendum’ included Kirori Mal College, Ramjas, Hindu, SRCC, SGTB Khalsa, Miranda House, Laxmi Bai College, Satyawati College, Satyawati College (Evening), Zakir Hussain College, Zakir Hussain (Evening), Moti Lal Nehru College, RLA College, Aryabhatta College, Dyal Singh College, Dyal Singh College (Evening), Aurobindo College and Aurobindo College (Evening).
SFI activists claimed the result of the referendum was a reflection of the students’ lack of choice, a month after the implementation of CBCS.
“There are many courses for which there are no syllabi or books and classes have not even begun. Students want employability but not at this cost,” said SFI state president Prateek.
“Our immediate task is to organise the referendum in Jamia, but we will also think about how to concretely and consistently carry forward the momentum we have gained from this initiative” said Sunand.
In another initiative to gauge the reaction to CBCS, the All India Students Association (AISA) has started the ‘Students’ Feedback on CBCS’, whereby students are urged to fill a form with detailed questions on CBCS. Nearly 4,000 students from 32 colleges across DU have already filled the form, the details of which will be revealed in the coming days.
In August 2013, AISA had organised a similar referendum on DU’s Four Year Undergraduate Programme, in which 91 per cent students had voted against it.
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