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Maharashtra universities to implement Choice Based Credit System

Curriculum Development, Higher Education

03 Jun 2013

Indian Education Review

All the universities in the Maharashtra will now follow Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at the Under Graduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) levels from upcoming academic session. A high powered committee of Vice Chancellors has recommended following a directive from the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Higher Education Minister, Rajesh Tope said, “We have asked all the universities to adopt and implement CBCS from this academic year. Of course, this doesn’t mean that things will change overnight. But this is a step in the right direction.”

From now on all degree courses will have the same credits. “We have fixed the number at 80,” says Dr Vijay Pandharipande, VC, Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU).

“Earlier the Science stream had more credits – 96 to 100, and the Arts and Social Sciences had only 64 credits. We have proposed that since the degree that is conferred upon students is the same there is no reason why one course should have more credits than the other,” explained Dr Pandharipande.

The committee has also recommended that Arts and Social Sciences courses should include case studies, seminars, projects and more.

Dr Rajan Velukar, VC, Mumbai University said, “In due course of time ‘credit sharing’ will allow students to take some courses from one university and the major part of the courses from another university, which will offer them a degree,” reported Zee News.

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