Published On: Tue, May 3rd, 2011

UGC plans to revise syllabi soon

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) is planning to revise the syllabus soon. The new syllabi will be mandatory for the institutions. In a recent UGC-HRD Ministry organized conference, certain recommendations have been made by the vice-chancellors of central and state universities and policy makers.

As per the recommendations, the academic institutions would have to provide details of each and every course being offered by them on their websites clearly indicating the date on which each of their courses were revised. These steps, that could finally compel the universities and the colleges of the country to introduce a compulsory time-based revision of their courses and free the students from having to study outdated topics and missing many important contemporary subject matters.

UGC has sent the detailed recommendations that emerged from the various thematic groups formed to discuss specific aspects of higher education during the conference to all the attending 250 experts, officials and V-Cs.  The commission has asked them to re-examine the recommendations and prioritize them as to which of these has to be implemented immediately.
The 76-page draft copy of these recommendations will help in framing the new policy for reforming higher education in the country.

If the suggestions are implemented, the academic institutions would also have to provide all the information related to admission policy, courses and curriculum, inputs and expected outputs of each course on their websites. Besides introducing semester system almost immediately, the varsities would also have to implement a credit-based system as followed by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other global universities.

Another important recommendation now under consideration is making assessment of teachers and courses by students along with assessment of university/ institution administration by teachers which could also be made mandatory.

[Source: Times of India]