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DUTA stages protest against CBCS

A day before the announcement of guidelines regarding the undergraduate admissions in Delhi University, the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) along with Co-ordination Committee of Teachers’ Associations of Universities (CCTAD) based in Delhi,  protested at Jantar Mantar on Friday, against the implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the coming academic year 2015-16.

The association demanded that the system be rolled back. As adequate time was not allotted for deliberation to the teachers and staff before forceful implementation, multiple flaws were highlighted in the system. In common belief, this new system is the disguised version of the failed experiment called four year <g data-gr-id="26">under <g data-gr-id="28">graduate</g></g> program (FYUP) which had to be rolled back because of its drawbacks.

“This urge towards centralization of universities is detrimental to the education quality as universities maintain their standards through autonomy and decisions regarding syllabus and faculty interaction” said Abha Dev Habib, Member, Executive Council, Delhi University.

The protest highlighted the infrastructural and economic issues that will be faced by students and faculty alike if the system is put in place.

“The concept of earning credit and transfer from different colleges is flawed. If the seats are full in colleges, students will have to inevitably turn towards private universities, paying a higher price for education” said Shashwati Mazumdar, Member, Academic Council, Delhi University.

Expressing concern over the deterioration of student-teacher interaction under the CBCS system, and education for the rich, DUTA President Nandita Narain said” We will oppose the system because this puts a large number of students’ future at risk and undermines the essence of diversity in higher education.”

UGC has introduced CBCS in varsities across India which implements a common curriculum for all central universities, a common admission test and allows faculty and credit transfers across the country.
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