Amid concern over lacunae in semester system under Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) on Monday scrapped semester system and started annual system of examinations for under graduate (UG) courses.
The decision was taken in the Academic Council meeting which was held here today under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor R S Chauhan.
“The University authorities have decided to revert to annual system of examinations under RUSA,” Ranvir Verma, HPU spokesperson told The Statesman. Verma said the varsity would make changes/updation in existing syllabi to facilitate students.
The issue would now be taken up for approval in Executive Council after which it would be sent to University Grants Commission for approval before the annual system of examination could be implemented in the state.
The news comes as big relief for the students who were suffering due to delay in results under the semester system for UG courses. Further, the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) had several bottlenecks which resulted in selection of incompatible subjects and created various problems for the students. Though, 80 per cent of the issues were resolved by the varsity by making changes in existing system.
In addition, the issue was vehemently pursued by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and it had also found mention in the poll manifesto of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during assembly polls.
Even the Education minister Suresh Bhardwaj in June had announced to scrap the semester system, reportedly owing to pressure from its students wing, ABVP.
The government had constituted a committee which was headed by former Vice-Chancellor Sunil Gupta to review the present system and suggests changes. The committee had recommended scrapping of existing semester system that was started in 2013.