HYDERABAD:Due to lack of clarity over the proposed Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and its implementation, State Universities in Telangana are unable to draft syllabus for under-graduate courses.
With no clear guidelines over the introduction of the semester system for UG courses, the universities have started the new academic year without printing their prospectus. Classes commenced in all UG colleges across the State on June 8. But none of the universities have sent their prospectus to colleges. Universities are still waiting for guidelines from the Telangana State Council of Higher Education on subject division to introduce the semester system.
To implement the semester system, all UG colleges have to divide their existing syllabus so that they can conduct two final exams in a year. However, so far, the colleges have not received any orders from the TSCHE regarding subject division. Except a few autonomous UG colleges, all other colleges are still following the annual exam system.
However, the proposed semester system will be introduced only for first-year courses. “Even after implementation of CBCS, the second and final year UG courses will continue to have annual exam system, semesters would be introduced only for first-year courses,” said, Prof M Komal Reddy, Registrar, Satavahana University.
To frame guidelines for the semester system, the higher education council recently held a meeting with the universities and proposed to divide syllabus for around seven subjects. According to TSCHE officials, it would take two weeks to issue orders in this regard.
Though the TSCHE is keen to completely implement CBCS from this academic year, obstacles like shortage of faculty and lack of infrastructure are posing a tough challenge for universities to adopt this new credit system at such a short notice.
Prof U Umesh Kumar, Registrar, Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda, said CBCS is a good initiative, but will be difficult for universities to completely adopt it with the existing facilities. “In CBCS, we have to conduct two final exams every year with the same staff and facilities. We need additional manpower and infrastructure,” he added.