How to Implement Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in Education Sector?
The Indian education sector was dependent on the traditional learning system which was more on recitation and less on skill development. To address this biggest flaw, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has initiated to implementation of the National Educational Policy (NEP 2020) to bring efficiency and excellence to higher education. To achieve this, the measures for academic standards and quality have changed to innovation and transformation in the core academic processes like teaching, exam management, curriculum enhancement, and other governance areas. Students will get the freedom of selecting subjects and an interdisciplinary educational approach if this policy is implemented. Under this policy, the academic bank of credit (ABC) in accordance with choice based credit system will be introduced to manage the prospected skill-oriented educational journey.
What is a Choice based Credit System?
A choice based credit system is an innovative approach for educational institutes which is completely learner-centric, enables students to select subjects of their own choice, and teachers to have a flexible approach while curriculum designing. Here are the key terminologies of the system with explanations:
- Grading: Marks obtained in letter grade form. Grades are denoted by letters A, A+, B, B+, C, P, F, and O.
- (Outstanding)- 10
- A+ (Excellent)- 9
- A (very good)- 8
- B+ (Good) – 7
- B (Above Average) – 6
- C (Average)- 5
- P (Pass) -4
- F (Fail)- 0
- Ab (Absent) – 0
- Choice-based: Freedom of choice of multiple courses
- Course: Generally referred to as papers.
- Academic year: One academic year is comprised of two consecutive (one of each odd and even) semesters.
- Credit: Class hours per week
- Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)- An educational measure to evaluate student’s performance across all semesters.
- CGPA= (Total credit points secured in various courses in all semesters)/ (sum of total credits of all courses in all semesters).
- Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA)- It is the evaluation of a student’s performance for a specific semester.
- SGPA= (Total credit points secured across various courses in a specific semester)/ (total course credit taken during the semester).
How Choice Based Credit System Works?
A Choice based credit system works on key elements and students can choose their preferred subjects from prescribed courses. These subjects are divided into categories like elective, major, core, and minor. The entire assessment can be done using our well-crafted choice based credit system software. It also removes the rigidity of the system and allows students to select courses from any college or university in the world. Learn some key elements to understand the working of the system:
In the CBCS system, student assessment is carried out as per the semester pattern. Unlike the traditional system, students move ahead during the course as per their pace, not after completion of a specific time duration specified by the university. Generally, each semester has 15 to 18 weeks of academic work which can eventually contribute to 90 teaching days.
2. Credit System:
Credits are the units by which the coursework is measured. Every course has certain credits and students need to earn the credits for passing the course. Students who passed a course in one semester do not need to appear for the same in the subsequent semester along with the freedom to complete the course at their own pace.
3. Credit Transfer:
One of the biggest advantages of the choice based credit system is that credits can be transferred to the next semester if the student cannot make it to complete the course. Also, students can earn fewer credits in some special situations like injury, or illness, and can compensate later.
4. Comprehensive Continuous Assessment:
The evaluation process is not limited for the specific duration of the academic year, but the continuous evaluation is going on by the teachers as well as by students themselves.
The 10-point-based grading system will evaluate the student’s performance per semester and across all semesters. During this approach, a semester pattern is followed, and one academic year consists of two consecutive semesters. Evaluation of students for each subject is carried out at the end of each semester through the credit-based grading system.
What are the Striking Features of CBCS Software?
Vidyalaya implements this futuristic approach to the education system into its CBCS software to automate and bring efficiency to the processes.
Here are some striking features of our software:
- Easy to use dashboard will make it easy to glance at activities quickly.
- Core processes like admission, academics, and examination are well handled through separate yet interlinked modules.
- Students can register themselves, apply to courses, and keep track of their progress using our solution.
- The teaching staff has a flexible approach while designing the curriculum and they also can have student data, course data, and curriculum data immediately. They also can prepare teaching plans, attendance management, and assignment allocation using the same software.
- The holistic and easy-to-use approach facilitates every stakeholder with comprehensive management.
Parting ways from the conventional education system was not easy for the Indian educational system but with the help of technology partners like Vidyalaya who rule over the Indian education domain for more than 20 years, it can become a piece of cake. Our choice based credit system is an addition facilitating educational institutes of the 21st century as it enables you to have a flexible approach in curriculum designing and an advanced credit system. Let’s bring a cafeteria-type approach to students and allow them to learn at their own pace. Implement CBCS Software and open doors for a learner-centric approach.