STUDENT AND TEACHING FRATERNITY LOOKING FOR THE NEW SYSTEM WITH A NEW HOPE OF GETTING BETTER EDUCATION AT THE VARISITY AS PAR WITH BEST UNIVERSITIES OF INDIA.
Looking at the higher education in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Kashmir University is among the few varsities in India which has been longing for better education since its establishment in 1948. In Kashmir particularly thousands of students have studied in this University since its inception.
To improve the standard of higher education as par with the other universities of India, Kashmir University in its latest move has introduced credit based choice system (CBCS) which enables a student to obtain a degree by accumulating required number of credits prescribed for that degree.
The number of credits earned by the student reflects the knowledge or skill acquired by him/her. Each course is assigned with a fixed number of credits based on the contents to be learned. The student also has a choice in selecting courses out of those offered by various departments. The grade points earned for each course reflects the students proficiency in that course. The CBCS enables the student to earn credits across departments and provide flexibility in duration to complete a program of study. The CBCS facilitates transfer of credits earned in different departments/ centers of other recognized /accredited universities or institutions of higher education in India and abroad. In this system student representatives take part in designing the curriculum for a program of Study and facilitate in running the academic programs.
Prior to the CBCS system there were four to five subjects per semester that the student has to study and get through them to clear the semester. However, as of now, there are three compulsory subjects per semester, with a choice or alternate option. These three core papers have syllabus of four units which carries one credit for each unit. Thus each paper carries four credits which make 12 credits in total. The attainment of four credits in the paper are subjected to the minimum passing marks that is around 60% of the total passing percentage.
Credit Based choice System mainly focuses on inter- disciplinary studies. After acquiring 18 credits from the parent department, the student is required to attain at least six credits from the sister department in order to have minimum 24 credits. In this regard each department has approximately 55 floated courses. These courses are either of two or three credits each. Eventually the minimum credits from each semester are 24 and for four semesters, there are 96 credits while earning of maximum credits is left open to the choice of the students.
In CBCS system a systematic time-table is followed for the whole University, including the satellite campuses. On week days, i.e. from Monday to Thursday, the department conducts the classes with core and disciplinary centric studies. By the weekend i.e. on Friday and Saturday inter-departmental studied are taught which is conducted at sister departments. There is a given intake capacity for each course, mainly sixty to eighty students per course. The courses have been classified into four baskets, as per the time- table. Each basket contains the courses of one- time slot. For example, say basket-I consists of all the subjects that the departments are teaching between 10 am- 11am. Thus, a student can choose only one subject from a given basket (as one student cannot be present at two places at the same time).
The intake capacity of the departments is designed in such a way that it tallies to the total number of the students in aggregate, who are admitted for the various masters programmes. To acquaint the students and faculties with the newly based CBCS system, each department has necessarily an academic counsellor. And the academic counsellors from various departments form a body that monitors and guides the CBCS system in the whole varisity.
Though The CBCS system was introduced late in the Kashmir University due September 7, 2014- floods, the administration and teaching staff are working hard with the new system to improve the standard of higher education in Jammu and Kashmir.