Delhi University has written to its different departments to ensure that they modify only 30% of the compulsory core papers while revising the undergraduate course. C S Dubey, chairman of the curriculum revision committee, has told the departments that the revised syllabi must conform to the CBCS (choicebased credit system) and UGC framework. CBCS was introduced in 2015. In the US, it’s popularly referred to as “cafeteria scheme”.
The scheme, according to the government, allows mobility through transfer of credits. It was supposed to allow students to choose from interdisciplinary approach. The grading was changed to cumulative grade point average. “Once again I wish to clarify that kindly keep the CBCS structure as per UGC guidelines in 2015…This is important for compatibility of UG courses and mobility of students in different colleges/universities in India. The rest of the papers may also be modified or added accordingly as per UGC CBCS guidelines of 2015,” read the letter sent to the departments.
Further, the revised syllabi have to be modelled as per learning outcome-based curriculum framework as notified by UGC.
In all, 76 courses and 2,100 papers are being revised. The revised syllabi will be implemented from the 2019 academic session and in the Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board and School of Open Learning.
But teachers say that giving limited freedom to the university to change curricula is an attack on their autonomy. “Every university has its own specialities. For the longest time it were the teachers who used to decide what needs to be taught. Now, with CBCS, we get guidelines to follow,” said a senior teacher in the department of political science.
A history teacher said, “This system was brought for mobility. But in these many years, nothing of that sort has happened. Students in DU do not even get as many choices as the model syllabus promise