Sunday, December 20, 2009

Government favours semester system for all Indian varsities

Despite resistance from some teachers and other lobbies, the government is fully committed to introducing the semester system in universities across the country as a major academic reform step in higher education. Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal, speaking during question hour in Rajya Sabha on Friday, however, said a rigid timeline could not be set for implementation of the semester system since universities were autonomous bodies.

Persuasion not compulsion is the answer, said Mr. Sibal, expressing the hope that the semester systems universalisation would be a reality by 2011-12. The depth and breadth of learning for students would be much more under the semester system, rather than the existing system of only an annual exam at the end of the academic year.
Students will be more focussed throughout the year in the semester system. They will be constantly evaluated. We want teachers to cooperate and embrace the semester system since it will benefit students, he added. If universalised, the system will also ensure mobility for students, making it possible for them to do different semesters at different universities.

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