Bengal state varsities uncertain about finishing UG curriculum in 9 months

KOLKATA: Authorities of state universities in West Bengal have expressed doubts about finishing the undergraduate curriculum of the 2020-21 educational 12 months inside 9 months from November 1, as beneficial by the UGC.

The 2021-22 educational 12 months is more likely to start from August 30 subsequent 12 months.

The authorities, nevertheless, stated they must chalk out a approach to full the curriculum after the ultimate semester examinations scheduled in October.
The College Grants Fee (UGC), in a current advisory, beneficial that admissions to first 12 months undergraduate programs be accomplished by October 31 and courses positively begin from November 1 for the 2020-21 educational 12 months.

“Even when courses are held six days every week, will probably be tough to finish your entire curriculum inside 9 months within the current semester-based system,” a senior Jadavpur College official informed PTI on Friday.

Holidays and holidays must be factored in earlier than chalking out the educational calendar, he stated.

“We’re presently preoccupied with conducting supplementary examinations for earlier semesters, laboratory initiatives, in addition to getting ready for holding the ultimate semester examinations from October 1.

“Implementing the UGC advisory to finish admission to first 12 months by October 31 is not going to be a lot of an issue. However we’ve to discover a approach to full the 2020-21 educational schedule,” the official stated.

A Calcutta College official stated its decision- making physique, the Senate, will sit with the vice chancellor to debate implementation of the UGC pointers and resolve on the right way to begin the courses, during which format and the right way to full the curriculum.

Rabindra Bharati College Vice Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Roychowdhury stated, “Because the West Bengal meeting elections are due in April-Could subsequent 12 months, many academic establishments will turn out to be polling centres. That can definitely impede the method of holding courses throughout that interval.”

Jadavpur College Lecturers’ Affiliation (JUTA) basic secretary Partha Pratim Roy stated, “Personally, I feel your entire 2020-21 educational calendar might have been deferred by one 12 months, as a substitute of taking hasty selections which is able to create confusion amongst college students.”

“As an organisation, the JUTA will converse on the difficulty later. We’ll give our views as stakeholders and within the curiosity of the scholars,” he stated.

The All Bengal College Lecturers’ Affiliation (ABUTA), in an announcement, stated the UGC advisory to start out courses is “irresponsible” and endangers the lives of the scholars “when the Centre has failed to manage the Covid-19 outbreak”.

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