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98 per cent DU students reject CBCS: SFI

New Delhi: Students Federation of India, a student body, today claimed that 98 per cent of Delhi University students have rejected the implementation of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).

SFI had organised a referendum today in which voting was conducted to gather students opinion about the new scheme.

“A total of 12,769 votes were polled, out of which 11,734 voted against CBCS, 1,016 voted for it, while 19 votes were invalid,” the student body said in a statement.

The referendum was conducted through 12 polling stations covering 18 DU colleges including Kirori Mal College, Ramjas College, Hindu College, SRCC, SGTB Khalsa, Miranda House, Laxmi Bai College, Satyawati College, Zakir Hussain College, Moti Lal Nehru College, RLA College, Aryabhatta College, Dayal Singh College and Aurobindo College among others.

“The result is only a reflection of the students’ own experience in which ‘choice’ has proved to be a farce. Even after nearly a month of new session there are no syllabus and books available for most of the courses and there is an utter sense of academic chaos,” the statement said.

“It is also a reflection of the fact that students indeed want ‘skills’ and ’employability’, but they are not ready to accept diluted courses in the name of CBCS,” it added.

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.

“The momentum from this referendum will be taken forward in the form of vibrant student resistance starting right from the classes and departments of the students. We resolve to carry forward this momentum through concrete and consistent actions and raising the issue at required platforms,” the students body said.