Colleges, govt not on same page over efficacy of choice-based credit system

Shruti Tomar, Bhopal: The choice-based credit system (CBCS) has emerged as another flashpoint in higher

technical education system in Madhya Pradesh, after student unions forced the government two weeks ago to drop the semester system in undergraduate courses.
The Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, which implemented CBCS two years ago, has 200 affiliated engineering, 98 pharmacy, 95 MCA and four architecture colleges among others under its fold.
“The system is good but the university should have first implemented it in government colleges to test its efficacy. But the RGPV vice chancellor implemented the system for receiving praise and applause without knowing the poor consequences of the system,” Association of Technical and Professional Institutes (ATPI) president JN Chauksey claimed.
A retired RGPV professor felt the government should have taken views of all stakeholders before going ahead with the system. “Like semester system, CBCS was implemented after UGC introduced it to enhance academic standards and quality in higher education. But, students complain they are not getting proper assistance in studies and choosing the subjects, while colleges blame the university for derailing the system,” the professor said.
Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad is demanding the choice-based credit system be rolled back. “The university started online practical exams and hundreds of students failed because of confusion. It recently directed colleges to organise practical classes under CCTV surveillance. Without proper faculty members and infrastructure, the system can’t be implemented. We want the system be implemented only after it is tested,” ABVP technical education head Ankit Garg said.
But RGPV claimed the choice-based credit system is the only solution to improve education and to enhance employability of students. “I accept that 30-40% students will be affected due to failure of colleges in implementing the system properly. But they can’t allege the system was implemented without proper arrangements. What infrastructure and shortage of faculty members are they talking about? On papers, they showed all facilities. If they lie to AICTE and us, what can we do?” RGPV exam controller Mohan Sen said. “CBCS is a labour-intensive scheme. Not only students have to work hard but course coordinators – teachers and college administrations – have to work hard too.”