New Delhi, Feb 5: President Pranab Mukherjee has came out in support of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) of earning degrees for students pursuing higher studies as he urged Universities in the country to implement the system from the upcoming academic session.
Observing that there are diversities in evaluation systems in the country, he said students in the past have suffered in the acceptance of their credentials across the university system and in accessing employment opportunities.
"The initiative of CBCS will ensure seamless mobility of students across higher education institutions in the country as well as abroad. The credits earned by students can be transferred and would be of great value to them in the event of their seeking migration from one institution to the other,"
"23 central universities have already implemented CBCS. I would urge remaining universities to consider implementing this system from next academic year," Mukherjee was quoted as saying in a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.
The system operates on a module called 'credits' and defines the quantum of content or syllabus prescribed for a course and determines the minimum number of teaching-learning hours required and undertaken.
It will help in the mobility of students throughout India in central universities as the course being the same, students can take admission elsewhere based on their credits.
The President, while inaugurating a conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities at Rashtrapati Bhavan, said the global education scenario has become competitive over the years and it was the responsibility of the teachers to prepare their students for the same.
"Students passing out from Indian higher education system will have to compete with the best in the world. There is a need to imbue young minds with competitive spirit and a sense of pride in their alma mater. In addition to international rankings, the universities should attempt ratings on a National Ranking Framework which needs to be expeditiously developed," he said.