GUWAHATI: The Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Assam State Committee claimed that a conspiracy has been hatched by the government and Gauhati University authority to spell disaster for education in the university.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the SFI raised issues and problems related to the choice-based credit system (CBCS) and the semester system that are ‘harassing’ students in many ways. The Federation claimed that there have already been many issues unsolved in the semester system since its implementation. So, at this point imposing the CBCS system upon the students will create havoc, because there’s no proper infrastructure for this system to give fruitful results. The federation claimed that as per the norms of this system students securing less than 25 marks in an examination will not be able to apply for recheck or re-evaluation. The system asks for 75% attendance from a student for 4 marks and as per UGC norms there should be 90- 120 days classes in a semester. But in the colleges, classes are held not more than 45-50 days in a semester. So, in this case implementation of CBCS system without proper infrastructure is not at all applicable. The Federation demanded to provide the opportunity to every student for their recheck and re-evaluation. Besides this, the system of giving credit (marks) to students on the basis of their attendance should be implemented only after ensuring 90 days of classes is ensured.
Kashyap Choudhury, president of the Federation, said, “We’re not against the CBCS and semester system. We’re raising our voice because without proper infrastructure and appointment of teachers, the implementation of this system will do more harm than good for students”.
Choudhury added, “The students have already lost their faith in the results declared by Gauhati University. Until and unless infrastructure is developed and changes in affiliating university get changed, the system of CBCS won’t give the desired outcome. In the absence of right infrastructure, the university authority is now treating the students as guinea pigs. It’s actually a conspiracy to turn Gauhati University into a private institute.”
Secretary of the Federation Nirangkush Nath said, “Lots of anomalies in results corroborate that something is wrong in the system. The results declared by the university this year say that only 10,858 of the 37,217 students who had appeared in first semester in Arts stream came out successful, registering a pass percentage of 29.62. So, we’ve decided to raise our voice against the authority and the system on August 30 through a protest programme. We’ve already given submitted memorandums, but to no avail. Now our demand is — either cancel the system or develop infrastructure befitting the system.