A workshop to appraise the teachers of the English departments across colleges affiliated to the University of Burdwan with the newly introduced CBCS format of teaching, learning and evaluation was held on, conducted by the Department of English, GGDC Singur. The need of the hour, this seminar was heavily attended by faculty members from over thirty colleges across the districts of Hooghly and Burdwan, as well as outside who sensed the introduction of CBCS as only a matter of time. The workshop was conducted by Sri Rudrasish Chakraborty, Assistant Professor of English, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. Sri Chakraborty shared his experience of teaching within the CBCS format for nearly a decade, as well as his deep knowledge and understanding of the guiding philosophy, structure and ways of implementation of the same.
The lecture was divided into two halves. The first half comprised an inauguration by the Principal of the College, where he spoke briefly of the importance of CBCS and how important it is for the teachers to get acquainted with the system and its implementation in a short time. Here, he also discussed the rationale of the seminar. This was followed by the first part of Sri Chakraborty’s lecture, where he stated an overview, discussed the structure and modes of the UGC recommended CBCS syllabus, the breakup of the credit points, the formulae of the CGP and SGP, the strategies of carrying out a syllabus effectively within a semester-based system, and related factors.
The second half of the lecture was focused more specifically towards the discipline of English Literature. Here, he discussed the recommended texts, the approaches that should to adopted to handle them and make the best use of the restricted time of the semester system to introduce and appraise them to the students. He also exhibited ways in which the shift from the erstwhile annual to the present CBCS system can be implemented in a smoother fashion. This was followed by a question and answer session, where the faculty members of different colleges actively participated. Sri Chakraborty did a commendable job in addressing the uncertainties, doubts and apprehensions that were present in the minds of those attendees. Doubts were also cleared regarding the setting of time table in a credit-based way, the process of internal evaluation and the system of attendance marking, and how this entire structure can be dovetailed within the bigger evaluation format of the CBCS. It was an out and out necessary workshop, which went on to become highly beneficial to one and all who attended it in the long run of time.