The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all affiliated universities to all possible action necessary for the semesterisation of course curriculum and grading system. UGC’s directive has come at a time when many states have stepped up to embrace choice based credit program in colleges and universities from the forthcoming academic session.
The success of the “credit framework for skill development” and “choice based credit system” relies heavily on the early implementation of such measures so as to induce an uniformity across board in academic structure.
The other major steps includes the process of standardization of exams across different universities and opting for a grading system instead of the current system of numerical marking.
Experts also believe that these reforms not only will fetch much wider options of subjects across disciplines to students, but will also pave the way for seamless mobility across colleges and universities.
“In order to expedite the entire process, you may consider setting up of a working group of senior faculty members of the university which can develop a time-bound action plan for the successful implementation of the schemes,” UGC chairman Ved Prakash said in a communication sent to all Vice-Chancellors of affiliated universities.
Meanwhile, UGC has also decided to enact a facilitation cell aimed to provide all necessary assistance that the universities might need to expedite the transformation.
UGC, which governs higher education in India, has come up with a broad template in accordance with its guidelines to facilitate the perfect platform for smooth implementation of the two new systems.
On January 6, state education ministers from across the country participated in a meeting chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani to discuss the progress so far as well as the challenges faced by states while working on this transformation. In the meeting, a suggestion was also accepted to enact a joint working group comprising Central and state government nominees to resolve critical issues in implementing the choice based credit system.