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GU sets 2015 as syllabus deadline

Guwahati, Feb. 1: Gauhati University plans to introduce its new curriculum for undergraduate courses by 2015.

The deferment comes in the wake of affiliated colleges opposing the alleged “hush-hush” manner in which the university was trying to implement the new syllabus from the next academic session.

Sources in GU said a meeting of the university’s academic council held yesterday had decided to constitute a high-powered committee to consider suggestions from stakeholders to bring about necessary changes in the existing system to effectively implement the proposed syllabus.

“There was no opposition or reservations against the changes or introduction of new subjects, because that is being done according to the changing global market scenario. College teachers were against the inadequacies of the existing system to cope with the revised curriculum,” a source said.

Last year, the university had revised the syllabus and introduced new subjects according to the market demand like value education, history and culture of Assam and history of science and scientific method. It also proposed to extend the duration of a class from 45 minutes to one hour and grade-based evaluation instead of mark-based.

The Assam College Teachers’ Association told university authorities that unless infrastructure, manpower for new subjects and teacher orientation were sorted out first, implementation of the new curriculum might boomerang and lead to an academic chaos.

The high-power committee, to be headed by the vice-chancellor and comprising senior faculties and prominent academicians, will study the condition of GU-affiliated colleges and accordingly revise the proposed syllabus to make it more pragmatic.

“The committee will also suggest measures and arrangements the state government will have to create in colleges to enable them to introduce modern courses to meet the emerging challenges in the field of higher education,” a senior member of the academic council said.

He said the majority of the members of the academic council appreciated the fact that the university had to move with time and restructure the existing syllabus. “The GU curriculum has not seen any major change in the past 50 years which does not go well with the students who face many academic challenges. We hope the new syllabus will be introduced from 2015-16 academic session.”

ACTA general secretary Biswajit Bhuyan refused to comment till he received details of the minutes of the academic council meeting. He, however, said adequate infrastructure, modern facilities and manpower were prerequisite to introduce a new syllabus in degree colleges.

A college teacher said specialised teachers should be appointed to teach new subjects but no such posts had been created since 1992.