"The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE's) National Credit Framework aims to benefit students pursuing higher education."
National Credit Framework: The Ministry of Education is planning to roll out a National Credit Framework (NCrF) beginning from Class 5. This framework will incorporate both academic achievements as well as extra-curricular ones. This framework involves the National High Equation Qualification Framework (NHEQF) along with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) are components of the Integrated Credit Framework. This newly-minted framework will align with the aims of National Policy on Education 2020. Moreover, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) have introduced the plan in higher education institutions.
What is AICTE’s National Credit Framework?
According to the new scheme, course credits are points (e.g. “grade point average”) assigned to students on the successful completion of a course level. For instance, students will be awarded one credit level upon completing primary schooling up to class 5. Similarly, they will receive three credits after class 10 and six after completing B.E/B.Tech and seven after completing M.E/M.Tech. Finally, they will get 8 Unified Credit Levels (UCL) after acquiring their PhD degree. The official notice directed all AICTE-approved institutions to make necessary changes within their curricula to accommodate the new framework policy.
AICTE has also directed institutions to offer relevant bridge courses to all students after identifying gaps in their education or skill set. Moreover, institutions are advised to include a “skill component” after exiting each level.
Objectives of Introducing NHEQF
The NHEQF aims to enhance the employability prospects of students after completing their education. As per AICTE’s official declaration, the NHEQF enables a student’s lateral and vertical mobility within the pre-existing education system. Furthermore, the NSQF extends from level 4.5 to 8.
AICTE’s revised framework aims to enhance flexibility in the curricula to benefit students. With multiple entry/exit points and the ability to switch or mix up components of different disciplines, students now have greater freedom to acquire the skills most suitable to their circumstances.
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