Varsities should have semester-based exams: Sibal

Sibal said until every university starts a uniform semester-based system of examination, mobility and choice would not be available to students.

Kolkata: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today said
until every university in India starts a uniform
semester-based system of examination, mobility and choice
would not be available to students.

"If a semester system is available in every university,
then mobility is possible. But if you have some universities
offering three-year degree courses while some others having
their own system of examination, then mobility and choice is
not available to students," Sibal told reporters here on the
sidelines of IIM Calcutta`s convocation.

At present, most universities conduct annual examinations
while only a few have semester-based examinations.

Raising questions on the system of colleges being
affiliated by various universities, the minister said the
universities "do nothing" for those colleges which fall under
its ambit.
"So should the present system of affiliation prevail? Or
should structural reforms take place?" he said while putting
the onus on the state governments for bringing in such reforms
in the education system.

"I am not the architect of those reforms. They have to be
done by the state government," Sibal said, adding it was time
"for us to look at education holistically" and to connect the
youth with it.

Asked about the performance of West Bengal under the Right
to Education Act, he said it should be ensured that the
teacher-student ratio is kept at 1:30.
"So should the present system of affiliation prevail? Or
should structural reforms take place?" he said while putting
the onus on the state governments for bringing in such reforms
in the education system.

"I am not the architect of those reforms. They have to be
done by the state government," Sibal said, adding it was time
"for us to look at education holistically" and to connect the
youth with it.

Asked about the performance of West Bengal under the Right
to Education Act, he said it should be ensured that the
teacher-student ratio is kept at 1:30.