India’s Higher Education Takes a Leap: Eighteen Central Universities have Introduced Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at Undergraduate Level.


UGC 2The conventional approach of marks based assessment is discarded gradually in the favor of a grading system in various Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in India. This allows rooms for less disparity in terms of student recruitment in based on marks as different universities have different marking system UGC taking this one step further with the Choice Based Credit System tries to further stick to their goal of setting a minimum standard and quality across HEIs in India.

But owing to the fact that diverse system of examination, evaluation and grading in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) is followed in the country, it must come up with a better system having the flexibility and freedom in designing the examination and evaluation methods that best fits the curriculum, syllabi and teaching and learning methods so that a more uniform system of grading can be developed. This brought in the factor of CBCS.

Eighteen institutions have already introduced the Choice Based Credit System. The semester based credit system of evaluation enable more flexibility in designing curriculum and assigning credits based on course content and hours of teaching. What this system does is provide a ‘cafeteria’ type environment with students choosing their own subjects of learning with their own pace of learning it followed by undergoing additional courses and can even acquire more than the required credit, bringing an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Most of the Central universities have introduced the CBCS in their Post Graduate level but this system being implemented in the Undergraduate level is a big win. This will allow a free flow of teaching and learning process and would enable students to learn according to their choice from the very beginning. We can hope that with the introduction of CBCS, Indian educational system becomes more advanced and evolved.

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Rituparna Das
Student Reporter at Linkfried, Rituparna is a student of Yadavpur University, Calcutta. She writes about Education News, Information , announcement From calcutta.