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Do not adopt ‘Make in UGC’ approach on CBCS: DU teachers to VC


New Delhi: A section of Delhi University teachers has asked the Vice Chancellor not to adopt a “Make in UGC” approach for the implementation of the Choice-Based Credit System (CBSC), saying that would amount to su rendering the varsity’s autonomy to HRD ministry. DU has asked all its faculty heads to prepare syllabi conforming to the structure for the CBCS as laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The varsity is looking to implement CBCS from the upcoming academic session.

Coming together under the umbrella of Academics for Action and Development (AAD), the teachers’ group today submitted a memorandum to the VC, saying, “DU should refrain from adopting the ‘Make in UGC’ approach and the statutory bodies should not be sacrificed to implement the dictates of Human Resource Development Ministry (MHRD).

“The teaching community of DU is in a state of shock that the university has accepted syllabi of different subjects framed by UGC by uploading it on its website. It tantamounts to surrendering the autonomy of the university to MHRD. “The syllabi have not been prepared as per the provisions in our Act, Statutes and Ordinances. The Parliament of India through its Act had conferred immunity to the university from the governmental interventions and dictates,” the memorandum said.

UGC had in September last year asked all central varsities to implement CBCS from the next academic session. While DU’s plans to introduce the system were put on hold when HRD earlier this year questioned its preparations for the same, the teachers allege that the university has now decided to go ahead with the implementation without obtaining the mandate of its statutory bodies.

“Implementing CBCS without discussion is a betrayal of the statutory privileges of the university. The manner in which the programme is being implemented in DU will help only the government in imposing its agenda. “The communication sent to faculty heads to adopt the ‘Make in UGC’ approach is an abject surrender to MHRD, which is detrimental to the very idea of the university. The university cannot be left to the whims and fancies of the ministry,” the memorandum said.

CBCS will allow students ‘seamless mobility’ across higher educational institutions and enable transfer of credits earned by them. The varsity’s teachers association, DUTA, has passed a unanimous resolution slamming the CBCS implementation as it charged that the move will see students being used as guinea pigs for experiments which are directionless and lack clarity.