New Delhi, May 28
Delhi University today approved the implementation of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the upcoming session, ending confusion among candidates seeking admission to the undergraduate programmes.
The proposal was vetted by the Executive Council (EC), DU, despite dissent from five members, who alleged that the programme is being pushed in an "undemocratic" manner.
"There was no discussion on the CBCS... There was no articulation or deliberation on it. Despite dissent from five members the Vice-Chancellor passed the CBCS implementation," one of the EC members Abha Dev Habib said.
With the admission process to DU's undergraduate courses for 2015-2016 session set to begin this week, the colleges were in a quandary on whether they should prepare the syllabus, timetables and do workload assessment according to the needs and requirements of CBCS or continue with the earlier system.
Delhi University has been facing criticism from various stakeholders regarding its "undecided" approach and "contradictory" statements on CBCS implementation.
After the HRD Ministry had questioned the Vice-Chancellor earlier this year regarding the university's preparations on CBCS implementation, DU had maintained an undecided stand on the issue.
However, last month it had asked faculty heads to start preparation for the roll out of CBCS and had directed them to finalise the syllabi, triggering a backlash from some members of the Executive Council who alleged that the university is violating statutory norms as the issue was never placed before the EC.
Students' groups clash in North Campus
A clash broke out between two groups of Delhi University students here allegedly over the contentious Choice-Based Credit System with the university today deciding to implement the scheme in the upcoming academic session.
The All India Students' Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today traded charges against each other over the clash on the North Campus here on a day when the admission process kicked off in DU.
While AISA claimed that their activists were beaten up by ABVP goons when they were peacefully distributing pamphlets against the CBCS the ABVP students differed saying that it was actually scuffle due to personal grounds. The ABVP group maintained that the rival faction was politicising the issue.
In the matter, an FIR has been filed against four ABVP activists, three of whom have been arrested; including Delhi University Students Union joint secretary, said a police officer at the Maurice Nagar Police Station.
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