Why India Needs A Choice Based Credit System For Her Universities?

Even the most reputed of India’s higher education institutions, with years of history and tradition to their boot is sometimes losing out precisely because of this. Sometimes the honour of tradition becomes a burden to the new students.

Some of these institutions are adapting to the modern semester system but that is still not enough. Students who in their schools have studied extremely generalised basics of education are supposed to choose a specialization for their undergraduate degrees and stick to it for three years- no scope for mistake.

Most 18 year old’s who are thrust into this higher education field choose their subjects through one of four ways-
a) they know exactly what they want to study and do as a career later in life.
b) they have a vague idea of what they want to do and hope for the best and pick a course.
c) they have no idea at all and choose at random based on what is most appealing to other people.
d) perhaps the saddest option, they are forced to pick a course either by their family.

Only the first of these kinds of people have any advantage in a system which robs you of the privilege to change one’s mind. What a Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) prevalent in most advanced foreign countries allows is offers a student to explore their areas of interest to see where they best fit. It is a system where they earn their credits- each credit roughly translating to 15 hours of classroom work- and choose their subjects to fulfil their course’s credit requirements and not their subject requirements. Such a system is the need of the hour for these following advantages-

1. It allows students to learn at their own pace. They can choose the credits they can take on each semester so they can do either more or less depending on their capabilities.

2. It allows students to choose from a variety of subjects and courses so the student can explore and specialize in a subject of their choosing.

3. Bright students also have the privilege to attain additional credits through extra-curricular and value-added activities like internships and industry work experience to have a more cohesive learning experience.

4. This allows students to have an interdisciplinary approach in learning.

5. Students get to experience the best from different faculties and faculties get to deal with a different approaches to their areas of studies.`

6. A core part of CBCS is continuous-evaluation and this allows the student to be constantly engaged and results in a more cohesive environment.

This is the need for the Indian educational environment for students who know what they want to do to explore fields they didn’t know they want to. It is for students who don’t have an idea of what they want to study to find out better. It is the need for those who are forced into a field of education by families or peer pressure to be able to do what they want to anyway. This fosters an environment of curiosity and actual excitement for learning. We hope, here at #AcademicOxygen , that such systems can be more wholesomely adopted in our country specially.

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