Come next academic session of 2017-2018 and all the state-run universities of West Bengal will opt for a revised syllabus for science and technology curriculum in undergraduate courses.
Ever since the Trinamool Congress government came to power these seven varsities have decided to introduce a uniform semester system and choice-based-credit-system from next academic year along with the revamped syllabus. The seven universities that have decided to introduce the new science curriculum are-
- Presidency University
- Gour Banga University
- Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University
- Diamond Harbour Women's University
- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University
- Kazi Nazrul University
- Sidho Kanho Birsha University
A spokesperson of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University which was formerly known as the West Bengal University of Technology has welcomed the move and termed it as a very pragmatical step on the part of the government.
But introducing a revised syllabus, these universities are supposed to face a lot of impediments. To remove these problems the government has set up a committee comprising eminent vice-chancellors and principals to look into obstacles in introducing the semester system as well as CBCS in older and established varsities. An official of the department of higher education said that the move is to bring a uniformity in the syllabus of the UG courses across the state and it is up-to-date with rest of the varsities in the country.
In July 2016, a 14-member committee was formed to look into the process. The committee was headed by Amitava Roy Chowdhury, a professor from the physics department of Calcutta University. The panel of the committee has prepared a draft syllabus for science subjects.