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Smriti Irani Propose Common syllabus for Central Universities

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani is pushing hard the idea of Common Syllabus for Central Universities , Be it the premier Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University or the Banaras Hindu University, all will have common syllabus, come next academic session.

The Initiative was initially proposed during the terms of NDA 1 by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi but there was a stiff opposition to the proposal as well, but the HRD Ministry is set to decide the syllabi at undergraduate, postgraduate as well as research level.

The sceptics see the new syllabi system, dubbed as the ‘choice-based credit system’ (CBCS), an attempt to saffronise the education sector. “The government now aims at first disabling the universities from making own syllabus .But the academicians feel that the uniform syllabus system will distort the individualistic character of the varsities.

“Universities are centres for creativity, thinking and innovation. What UGC and HRD are coming out with should only help in setting a minimum standard. But it should not govern the overall education system of every university,” said professor GC Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University.

Tripathi also questioned the CBCS for interfering with the autonomy of the universities. “Central varsities are governed by own constitution and cater to the local needs of the area they operate in. The CBCS needs to ensure that the local characteristics of the universities are protected,” he added.

The universities have also raised issue of faculty and infrastructure. The HRD ministry announced introduction of CBCS in November last year and wants to enroll it in the coming academic session that begins in June-July this year.

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