Saturday, August 1, 2015

First-year students at DU join protest against Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)

Hundreds of students and activists under the banner ‘Save DU’ organised a protest march on Friday against the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in Delhi University (DU)’s North Campus. Many first-year students too took part in the protest. Students and activists from organisations like the All India Students’ Association (AISA), Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) marched through various colleges like Ramjas, Hindu, Kirorimal and Hansraj before assembling at the Arts Faculty. 

“We are completely lost under this system. There is no clarity on anything. Classes haven’t started properly, timetables haven’t been set and we don’t even know the subjects we will study. We cannot even turn to our teachers for guidance because they too are clueless,” said a first-year student of history (H) from IP College for Women.

A student of political science from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College said her class was being taught mass media but she had no idea that it was part of the General Elective Course. “I don’t know the terminology of the courses at all. I only know that classes are being held only for political science and mass media, and that the syllabi for the latter is sub-standard,” she said. General Electives are based on the “cafeteria approach”, which gives students an open field of subjects to choose from. But in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College, mass media was not given as a choice. Under CBCS, students are also meant to study Discipline Centred Elective Courses and Ability Enhancement Courses, along with their Core Courses and General Elective Courses. 

But timetables and syllabi have not been formed for these in many colleges. The organisations have decided to keep up the momentum against CBCS