The UGC (Universities grants commission) has laid down the guidelines for the implementation of CBCS (Choice based credit system) for all the programs at the post graduate and under graduate level along with the other certificate and diploma courses offered by the State, Central and Deemed Universities under the newly framed credit system. All the details regarding the guidelines have been put at http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/9555132_Guidelines.pdf.
With the adoption of CBCS, the students would be free to choose their course, learn at their own pace, add on more courses and achieve more credits than the bare minimum required and get close to a multidisciplinary outlook.
This system would also help in the establishment of standardized letter grades, a uniform method of SGPA (Semester Grade Point Average) and CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) which would be a better indicator for the overall performance of the students.
Followed by a number of top institutions in India and abroad, this system has proved itself to be much better than the orthodox marks' system. This would further help the students to access multiple institutions across the country and abroad. It would also simplify the process of short listing the students for the employers.
All the guidelines have been forwarded to the Vice Chancellors of all the universities across the country and they have been asked to implement the same from 2015-16 academic year. In the guidelines, the UGC has also expressed it desirability for the higher education institutions to make a move towards the CBCS system.
This information was presented in the Rajya Sabha by the Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani.