In order to have better academic mobility for students, union minister for human resource development ministry Kapil Sibal has set up a five-member committee with secretary (higher education) of Gujarat as its convener, to device a framework in this regard.
The committee will look into issues like allowing credit transfer system so that a student can pursue various courses simultaneously and can swap colleges/university midway of session without losing crucial years. This means students of one university can also earn credits from different universities and get degree. Sibal has already suggested the committee to explore the semester system in universities for mobility of students.
Gujarat has already taken lead in this field and has introduced Choice Based Credit System. The state has also introduced online system of recruitment and is now trying ‘Multi-Varsity’ comprising of IIM-A, IIT-G and University of Gujarat.
During the meeting of principal secretaries and secretaries of higher and technical education of state government on Friday, Sibal also said the present affiliation system where universities affiliate hundreds of colleges needs to be changed so that the focus of education should be on students and on learning, and not merely on examinations.
Meanwhile, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has launched two new management programmes - a five-year integrated masters level management programme to help students to get entry level managerial positions in manufacturing / services organisations or to start their own ventures.