Starting from the academic session 2015-16, Panjab University (PU) will be rolling out Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and Credit Framework for Skill Development (CFSD).
CBCS is primarily focused at allowing students to choose a paper from other faculty, thus inducing a higher scope for multi-disciplinary studies.
The decision by the university has come after a recommendation issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to all institutions offering higher education. It will be formally tabled in a key PU syndicate meeting on March 8, 2015.
Earlier this year, the UGC had contacted PU vice chancellor Arun Kumar Grover in a bid to convince the university to introduce the new system. The meeting was also attended by the state education minister alongside principal secretaries (education). During the meeting, all parties unanimously agreed on introducing CBCS and CFSD.
As per a letter by the UGC chairperson, the primary motive behind introducing this new move was to “provide wider options to students and allow their seamless mobility across institutions.”
Once this new system is implemented, all curricula under the university will become semester-based. The changes will also include significant restructuring of the syllabi, switching to grading system instead of the current numerical evaluation method, standardization of examination, and so on.
It is worth noting that PU has already implemented the semester system in all under-graduate curricula and it is planning to implement the grading system sometime in the near future.
Experts also believe that CBCS, which has been propagated by the UGC off late, will empower students to learn at their own pace. Additionally, it will also allow them to choose elective papers from courses offered by other departments.