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“93 per cent DU students say no choices offered under CBCS”

New Delhi: Over 93 per cent first-year Delhi University students have opposed the newly implemented Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) citing that colleges are not offering the choices as outlined by UGC, claimed a survey by All India Students Association (AISA).

A total of 24,780 students participated in the survey which was conducted in 38 DU colleges.

“93 per cent students opposed the CBCS and reported that the new academic structure has devalued their course by reducing the honours papers to 14 from 18-20,” an official statement said.

“95 per cent students were of the opinion that there is no clarity regarding the method of evaluation and Credit distribution for assessment. Almost all the students agreed that the colleges are not offering the choices given in the UGC course outline,” it added.

“No clarity regarding text books in the Generic Elective course was reported by 87 per cent students and 92 per cent opined that the credit system will inflate marks and degrade the quality of assessment resulting devaluation of DU degrees,” the survey said.

CBCS allows students’ “seamless mobility” across higher education institutions and transfer of credit earned by students.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had in September last year asked all Central universities to implement CBCS from the ensuing academic session following a meeting of vice chancellors of all universities.

Various teacher bodies, student groups and academicians have been raising their voice against rolling out of CBCS, claiming that it would erode the autonomy of universities and students are being treated as guinea pigs for this experiment.

Last week, a referendum conducted by Student Federation of India (SFI), a students’ body had claimed that CBCS was rejected by 91.89 per students in which over 12 thousand students had voted. The referendum was conducted in 18 colleges, including Kirori Mal College, Ramjas College, Hindu College, Zakir Hussain College and Dyal Singh College.