A detailed report on the two-day long UGC sponsored National Workshop on “Implementation of Choice -Based Credit and Semester System at UG Level in Conventional Colleges: Issues and Challenges”

Date-28th & 29th November 2011.

The workshop started at 10.30 am with the Rtd. Principal of MC College and also the ex.GB Member of Barpeta Girls’ college, Barpeta on the president’s chair. Soon after his assumption to the chair, the felicitation ceremony started. Distinguished guests, resource persons, and some eminent personalities were honoured with fullam Gamuchas.

Then on the president’s request Dr. D.K Sharma ,Vice-Chancellor, Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University, Nalbari, spoke elaborately on the importance of the workshop Topic and formally declared the workshop opened.

After the Inauguration ,a few distinguished guests also spoke on the occasion and expressed their valuable suggestions and wished a grand success of the workshop. The first technical session of the workshop started at 11.20 am. Dr.Biren Das ,Dy. Registrar, (General Administration),Tezpur University, Sonitpur, was the first Resource Person who traced the need of CBCS - Semesterizaion and examination Reforms. Dr. Das emphasized the fact that the UGC has directed the Universities and other institutions of higher education under its Jurisdiction to prepare and implement an action plan for academic reforms with respect to :

(1) Introduction of Semester System
(2) Introduction of CBCS
(3) Action plan for curriculum development
(4) Reform in admission procedures and also
(5) Reform in Examination system.

Dr. Das also talked on Choice-Based Credit System - a comparatively new concept to enrich our higher education. Dr. Das concluded his deliberations with the remarks that the success of CBCS depends on the autonomy conferred in the teachers and integrity or professional ethics of the teachers.

The second Technical Session started at 1.20 pm after the lunch. Dr. Dhrubojyoti Choudhury, Dy. Controller of Examinations, GU, was the resource person. Dr. Choudhury basically informed the house that Gauhati University has forwarded a ‘Task- Course Council’ and the whole system was consulted and analyzed by the council. Dr. Choudhury shared various problems and issues of examinations under Semester System with the participants.

Immediately after that the Third Technical Session started. Professor A.K. Dsa Mahapatra , Department of Business Administration. Chambalpur University, Orissa, was the Resource Person of this session. Dr. Mahapatra, in his presentation, emphasized on Choice-Based Credit System, which according to him has several unique features like ;

  1. Enhance learning opportunities.
  2. Ability to match students’ scholastic needs and aspirations.
  3. Inter-Institution Transferability of students upon completion of a semester.
  4. Improvement in educational quantity and excellence.
  5. Standardization and compatibility of educational programmes across the country and alike. He also focused on the need of examination reforms. To him a mixture of the western style approach of :

“Those who teach should evaluate” may be a right approach in this direction, he said with a long illuminating and thought provoking deliberation. The session ended for the day.

The Fourth Technical Session started today i.e. on 29th Nov. 2011 with the observation of one minute silence for the departed soul of Dr. Mamoni Roysom Goswami, the noted littérateur, renowned writer and Jyanpith Awardee who breathed her last this morning. Just after this with a little bit of change in the schedule, Prof. A.K Das Mahapatra started his deliberation on the topic - CBC and Students’ Attitude.

Prof.A.K, Das Mahapatra spoke on the flexibility in curriculum development and examination reforms in terms of adopting and implementing “ Continuous Evaluation Pattern” by reducing the weightage on the semester end examination so that students enjoy a de-stressed learning environment. To Prof. Mahapatra CBCS and Semester System – is a departure from the traditional “Examination Centre” to a more “proactive and need based system that aims at developing students with ‘knowledge, skill, attitude and value so vital for leading meaningful life and contribution to nation building. Its effective implementation, however calls for organizational support, both human and physical, and total devotion and commitment of all the stakeholders.

The Fifth Technical Session started at 11.45 am. Professor Umesh Deka, Ravindra Adhapak, HoD, Deptt. Of MIL, IGNOU , was the resource person. Prof. Deka spoke on the topic “CBC and Semester Pattern- Future Perspectives”. He basically talked about the merits and demerits of the different policies of UGC. To him the Universities and Colleges have faced difficulties to follow the policies passed by the UGC time to time. Prof. Deka emphasized on the teacher-student relationship and this relationship will be maintained well through Semester System and also hoped that this system will develop the examination system accordingly.

The Post Lunch Session started with a group discussion and feedback analysis. Dr. Dibakar Sharma, i/c Principal, M.K.College, was the Director of this session.

The closing ceremony started with Dr. K.C.Bayan, on the President’s chair once again. Soon after his assumption to the chair, he directed the participants to share their views and suggestions. Some participants shared their valuable opinions and expressed their gratitude to the organizing committee, specially the principal who personally took much initiative to receive the participants with the request to the Organizing committee will compile the findings of the Group Discussion later on and be forwarded to the concerned authority for implementation of the same.

The closing ceremony was also followed by a short cultural programme.

Accordingly, certificate of participation among the participants were also distributed.

The overall programme ended successfully.

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