An awareness Seminar on Choice Based System and National Academic Depository was hosted by SCD Govt. College, Ludhiana on 12th Jan 2018. It was organized as per the directions of Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh Prof. Parminder Singh to generate awareness about the proposed implementation of CBCS and NAD initiative from the upcoming academic session. The seminar was chaired by the dean himself and his team of academicians of Panjab University Chandigarh comprising Prof. Dalip Kumar Fellow and Additional Director RUSA; Prof. Davinder Mehta Deptt. of Physics and Dr. Nitin Arora Deptt. of Economics. The seminar was addressed to the Principals of affiliated colleges of Ludhiana District. Dr. R.S. Jhanji Fellow and Principal A.S. College Khanna, Dr. Narinder Sidhu Principal Guru Nanak National College Doraha; Principals from many colleges and senators attended the seminar.
Principal Dr. Dharam Singh Sandhu welcomed the assembled members of the teaching fraternity and informed them about the purpose of the seminar, i.e. the upcoming educational reforms. With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, Prof. Parwinder Singh and his team gave valuable inputs about the benefits of implementing the CBCS and NAD. He said that with the help of this system, students would be able to access their certificates from anywhere in the world without having to bother about the hard copies. He also said that this system is foolproof and totally safe and secure. The harassments that they have to currently undergo would be erased and it would benefit the student, the potential employer and the university. The whole system would become digitalized, data would be secure, there would be no fake certificates and it would enhance efficiency.
Dr. Dalip clarified the working of the choice based credit system and how its implementation would raise the standard of Indian Education and bring it at par with renowned foreign centres of higher learning. Prof. Nitin Arora explained the proposed model of the economics curriculum, both the general and honours models. Prof. Devinder Mehta also gave inputs to better understand the system. In the brainstorming session, the assembled principals and their nodal officers weighed the pros and cons of this system. While proposing the vote of thanks, Dr. R.S. Jhanji also emphasized exercising caution before we go ahead with this system because the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh had to roll back this system as its graduates were rendered under qualified for the master’s programmes. A need was collectively felt that advantages and the disadvantages of the system must be thoroughly explored before integrating its parameters.