New Delhi: Union Minister for Education and Minister for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, presented the draft National Credit Framework (NCrF) for public consultation here today.
MoS, Education, Annpurna Devi; MoS, Skills Development & Entrepreneurship, Electronics & IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar; Anita Karwal; Secretary, Higher Education Sanjay Murthy; Secretary, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Atul Kumar Tiwari; Chair, NCVET; dr Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi and senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Skills Development participated in the program.
Based on the vision of the new National Education Policy (NEP) as envisioned under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Government of India has developed the National Credit Framework (NCrF) to ensure the integration of academic and professional areas with flexibility and mobility between the two. NCrF would be a game changer, opening up numerous options for student advancement and blending school and higher education with vocational and experiential learning, thereby making qualification and vocational education consistent. NCrF will also allow students who have dropped out of mainstream education to re-enter the education ecosystem.
On the occasion, Pradhan said that Jan-bhagidari is a key pillar of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance and NEP 2020 also embodies the spirit of Jan-bhagidari. He said that the National Credit Framework is a next-generation multidimensional tool under NEP. We dedicate NCrF ‘Jan-paramarsh’ to make it more dynamic. Pradhan further said that the National Credit Framework is an overarching qualification, retraining, upskilling, accreditation and assessment framework that encompasses our employees in educational and skilling institutions and the workforce.
Pradhan stressed that we need to make India a $5 trillion economy, realize the vision of a Vikasit Bharat in the next 25 years and empower 100% of our people and that the National Credit Framework will be the key tool under NEP, to achieve these goals. India is embracing technology at an unprecedented pace. We must introduce reforms to stimulate knowledge, skills and experience. Credits for knowledge acquisition, hands-on training, and positive social outcomes will be an important step in achieving 100 percent literacy in the next 2-3 years, he added.
The minister called on all institutions, schools, ITIs, AICTE-affiliated engineering colleges, centrally funded colleges, state universities and regulators/bodies to host the public consultation on the National Credit Framework on their website to solicit suggestions from citizens.
The committee formed by the government, with members from UGC, AICTE, NCVET, NIOS, CBSE, NCERT, the Department of School Education and Literacy and the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Education, the DGT and the Department of Skills Development, chaired by the Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the inclusive umbrella framework aims to make multiple entry-multiple exit options in higher, school and vocational education accessible and applicable to enable students to choose their own learning pathways and programmes.
NCrF will seamlessly integrate the credits earned through schooling, higher education and vocational training by incorporating the National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF), National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and National School Education Qualification Framework (NSEQF). It also supports educational acceleration for students with gifted learning skills and recognition of prior learning for staff who have acquired knowledge and skills informally through traditional family inheritance, work experience or other methods.
The government has now invited comments and observations on the document, which can be sent to: comments.ncrf[at]gmail[dot]com.
The proposed benefits for different stakeholders are as follows:
- Students: NCrF will ensure flexibility in the length of study/courses by providing multiple entry and exit/work options and will pave the way for the crediting of all learning hours, including academic, professional and experiential education. It also offers opportunities for lifelong learning – learn anytime, anywhere: It will also help students by:
- Establishment of a multidisciplinary and holistic education with flexible curricula
- Eliminating the strict distinction between educational pathways and respectful study choices, allowing for more than one award in the same period
- Eliminating the distinction between art, science, social science, commerce, etc
- Give student credits for each academic training/skill/experience
- Broadening the scope of core learning to include both fundamental and cognitive aspects
- Institutions: NCrF will bring about a coalition of higher education institutions to promote multidisciplinary education and create a diverse and rich knowledge base for students. It also helps with:
- Promote greater cooperation between institutions
- Make the credit mechanism simpler and more consistent
- Increasing focus on research and innovation
- Promoting digital learning, blended learning and open distance learning
- Use of the institutional infrastructure
- Government: NCrF is expected to support the government in increasing student enrollment and helping to fulfill the national vision of supplementing the demographic dividend and transforming India into the literacy capital of the world. It will also:
- Make vocational education and training worthwhile
- Highly qualified and trained workforce for Aatmnirbhar Bharat
- Industry: NCrF will enable students to gain NSQF recognized essential skills developed by industry and be more employable. The provision of micro-credentials enables the integration of rapid further training/high qualification. She also helps with:
- Retraining and further qualification of existing employees/engineers
- Increasing the employability of students by enabling a more holistic design of the course
- Creation of a multi/cross-sector qualified pool of employable young people