Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dons fear new credit system will burden their shoulders

Published: Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011, 23:11 IST
By Puja Pednekar | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

While the credits-based choice system will bring cheer to many students as new avenues and flexibilities open up for them, the teaching community is not happy with the new system, which will be implemented from this academic session. They fear that the system, which involves 40 marks for students for project work, will mean additional burden on their shoulders.

With a student teacher ratio as high as 120 students per teacher, the teachers will be overburdened with the extra work of assessing number of projects and other activities, say principals across degree colleges in the city.

“Such a system works in foreign universities because they have four to five teaching assistants helping the professors. These assistants check projects, papers, tutor students so there is very little burden on the professors. However, the university has no such system in place. How many students’ assignments can one teacher correct?” said Madhu Paranjape, officiating general secretary, Buctu and university Senate member.

Paranjape added that before implementing the system the university should appoint adequate number of teachers. “Due to the revised norms that require certain staff members to be PhD holders, we are facing shortage of teachers. There are vacancies that need to be filled.”

However, Dr Rajpal Hande, director, board of college and university development said that the system will not add any extra burden to the teachers if followed properly. “It is a tried and tested system in several universities and it will help students in learning. The role of the teachers will be that of a mentor and guide.”

Even though the colleges will start their academic year June onwards, the sensitisation workshops launched by the university at different levels are yet to gain ground. “The workshops have not yet begun for many departments,” she added.

Courtesy: www.dnaindia.com (Accessed on 07/06/2011)

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