PROs and cons of Choice based credit system

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The extracts from a paper written by Dr. Mohammad Parvez, Department of Education, Aligarh Muslim University in the journal for education and practice based on Choice-Based Credit System in India: Pros and Cons is being quoted for one to understand the subject better.


Education system of India is full of intricacies of different nature. Every ladder of education has its own

problems and prospects. Ensuring uniformity in Education System, especially at Under-Graduate level, Choice-Based Credit System has been confirmed mandatory. But the nature of Indian education system is much diverse and encompasses inherent problems of diversity in implementing the uniform system of evaluation.

Pros of Choice-Based Credit SystemCons of Choice-Based Credit SystemSuggestions/Opinions
1. It can be seen as a major shift from the teacher centre to learner centre education.
2. Learners can offer as many credit as they can cope up the pressure of the examination.
3. It permits learners to choose soft courses of different interdisciplinary and intra disciplinary subjects with the core subjects.
4. It is also helpful to the learners to choose courses and papers as per their choice and interest.
5. It promotes mobility of learners from one institution to another one.
6. It would take education system as par the global standard.
7. It also helps to the learners to pursue their courses at different times.
8. It helps learners to realize their potentials through the flexibility in offering courses.
9. It has broadened the base of education system.
10. All round development of learners or multi facets personality of learners can be promoted. Through it.
11. It is also helpful in employment, as knowledge of different soft courses may helpful for that.
12. Stress and anxiety of learners can be reduced through it.
13. Work efficiency can be enhanced.
14. Development of professional skills can be possible.
15. Helpful in ensuring the uniformity in education system in terms of evaluation and assessment.
16. It puts emphasis on seminar presentation, assignment, discussion, project etc. based teaching.
17. It stressed on exercising maximum use of ICT in class room teaching.
18. It gives importance to the internal assessment too.
19. Slow learners can get advantage from it, as it has the flexibility in choosing credits at one time.
20. Equality among the learners can be ensured through it, as it has the grading system.
21. Globally acclaimed education system can be maintained through it, as it has the provision of offering different courses at the same time.
22. Learners could pace their learning or course as per their habit and ability.
23. It is also helpful in building favourable learning environment, as everyone is supposed to take part in learning process as per their ability and competency.
24. Cooperation and healthy work temperament can be ensured and developed among the learners.
25. Habits of work commitment of learners can be strengthened.
1. It would be to-gh to measure or calculate the exact marks.
2. Work load of teachers would be increased a lot.
3. Regular teaching would be affected.
4. Mobility or transferring of students from one institution to another one would be problematic.
5. Maintaining compatibility among main subject’s papers and soft papers would be challenging one.
6. Offering more than one programme of different nature simultaneously would be challenging one.
7. Extra burden would be experience by the institution as CBCS has the flexibility in taking or choosing credits.
8. Mastery over concerned subject would be hampered.
9. Problems of indiscipline would be happened as full liberty or choices of students are given maximum importance.
10. Different nature and standard of institution will forced problem in maintain the equality in terms of mobility of students as everyone would desire to move from sub standard institution or university to standard one.
11. It may pose problems in maintaining the cumulative record of every student.
12. Seriousness of students will go away from the examination as much weightage is given to continuous or internal assessment and evaluation.
13. Most of the time will have to be consumed for setting papers for different type of examinations.
14. It will call to increase the infrastructure to house or accommodate the students.
15. Equalisation of performance through it may discourage the gifted and talented students.
16. Research work and innovation would get hampered, as most of the time teachers have to be involved in setting papers and making arrangement for the examinations.
17. Chance of subjectivity would be maximum, as internal evaluation has 40 % weightage.
1. Undoubtedly, CBCS is students’ friendly but things are yet to be needed to justify the efficacy of it.
2. Class room teaching should be given importance.
3. Seminars, Conferences and debate should be organised to discuss its merits and demerits in detail.
4. Professional training should be given to the teachers to handle it effectively.
5. Provision of both Percentage and grading system should be maintained.
6. Its adaptation should be optional or choice based rather than mandatory.
7. All the P.G college of India should also be brought under the CBCS, as they also catering the responsibility of Higher Education on a large scale.
8. Equalization in standard of education system should be maintained so that mobility of students could be checked.
9. Selection of papers and choosing credits should be governed by the concerned department/ institution.
10. To make it more effective, guidance and counselling services should be arranged for the teachers and students while choosing soft core papers.
11. Care should be taken about the gap between Central and state Universities in regard to quality of education as well as the availability of infrastructure at point.


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