Full implementation of CBCS will take time: PJ Handique


Implementation of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) is not an easy job. But we are ready to face all kinds of challenges as the system has been adopted in consultation with all colleges affiliated under the Gauhati University,” said Dr Pratap Jyoti Handique, the newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of GU .

CBCS is based on the Cafeteria Approach, where a student can opt for certain subjects from a bunch of available subjects suited to his or her personal interest. It allows a student to study cross-discipline subjects along with the primary course into which he/she is enrolled

Gauhati University adopted CBCS in 2009. However, initially it was limited to only a few departments. From the academic session of 2016, the university has implemented CBCS across all disciplines and now the system will be implemented in every college too.

Dr Handique asserted that the main challenge before the university in implementing CBCS is crisis of teaching staff. “As an immediate measure to mitigate the crisis of faculty, we have started recruiting guest faculty in every department and college. To implement the system properly we shall have to maintain a proper ratio between teachers and students and mentor each and every student equally. All our faculty members, especially the young generation, have done a laborious job in preparing the syllabus for CBCS. But it will take some time to turn it into a standard mode,” he said.

Meanwhile, the newly-appointed VC said that as the administrative head of GU, his main priority will be to develop the infrastructure of every department of the university. He said he would also lay emphasis on development of social science and humanities research at the university.

“Very soon I will visit every department and prepare a work plan accordingly. Fortunately, the university has of late received a substantial grant from the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) to develop infrastructure. Moreover, there was a time when lack of funding was a major problem to carry out any kind of research activity. But today we have lots of scope to avail funds for doing research in any field. I will take all possible steps to accelerate research in social science and humanities. Very soon I will sit with all faculty members to formulate a work plan for development of the research sector at the university,” he said.

Commenting on the new draft education policy, he said, “The policy has been formulated very well. It has highlighted our culture and heritage very effectively. But implementation of the policy will not be an easy task and will take time. It aims to provide autonomy to every college, so the process will be time-consuming to take a concrete shape.”

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