Indore : Six years after the semester system was jubilantly introduced in the state, custodians of state universities stood against it saying that they do not have enough hands and resources to ensure smooth functioning of this term- based system at undergraduate level.

During a review meeting at Bhopal which was chaired by higher education minister Umashankar Gupta, vice chancellors and registrars of state varsities suggested revoking semester system at UG level stating that it’s stretching courses.

“ Due to lack of hands and resources, the universities failed to implement semester system in the true spirit,” the top officers of the state varsities said when the minister sought their opinion on semester system.

The VCs said that the government should shelve semester system for UG courses but continue it for PG courses.

Their opinion would now be placed before coordination committee, the apex body of higher education in the state.

Take note: Gupta is understood to be against the semester system from the day he assumed charge as higher education minister nearly 10 months ago.

In a meeting held in the first week of September, he

had decided to reconsider the continuation of semester system in colleges, and subsequently directed for a referendum to be taken amongst government students.

Gupta had directed principals of government colleges to take a feedback from students via a ballot on 29 September, but later shelved the directive for

unknown reasons. Sources in? DHE? claim that that the chief minister made Gupta give up the idea of taking a mandate from students on the semester system.

And both the leading students unions in the state – ? ABVP? and? NSUI, however, denounced the government’s move of withdrawing orders pertaining to voting on the semester system, which they believe is not in the interest of students.

The semester system was introduced in 2008, but it did not work very well right from its launch.

The? DHE, state universities and colleges all tried to bring the semester system on track but to no avail and over the last six years, no student could complete his degree in the stipulated duration. Courses of most students stretched for months and in some cases for years, with the worstaffected, students of BAMS,? BHMS? and? BPT. Students of the above courses would approach university officers regarding courses running way behind schedule and literally plead with them to conduct exams.

Prior to 2008, exams in colleges used to be conducted on an annual pattern but with the University Grants Commission pushing for the six- monthly exam pattern, the state government had implemented the semester system in colleges.

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