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New credit system to ensure degree while working soon

In a major decision to boost skill development, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry has on Tuesday directed all the states and Union Territories to introduce Choice Based Credit System and Credit Framework for skill programmes in central universities and institutions from the next academic year. Supporting the views of Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, state education ministers, excluding West Bengal, welcomed the move.

Irani urged the states to introduce similar systems in their universities and colleges so that students can benefit from it. Under the Choice Based Credit System, students have the choice to select from the prescribed courses.

“I appeal that the Choice Based Credit System in Higher Education and Credit Framework is immediately implemented in all your (state) education institutions. And if needed, we are ready to discuss and extend all support to your vice chancellors and principals in this regard,” she added.

Irani said the credit framework for skills and CBCS would be a “historical step” taken by all states and the Centre towards student mobility and skill enhancement.

“To give students more choices, we had presented the CBCS in front of the country in November 2014 and today we are appealing to all states to adopt this in all their universities and colleges so that our students get more opportunities for mobility,” she said.

The credit framework, formulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and launched on November 11 (National Education Day), will allow vertical and lateral mobility within the vocational education system and between the current education systems.

The minister also highlighted other initiatives taken by the ministry including the ‘Know Your College’ portal that helps students make informed choices regarding colleges across the country.

Irani also announced to hold meetings at village, block, district and state levels for a thorough discussion on new education policy. The union minister said, “Centre and the states should discuss the future requirements of the education system. The government is trying to give a new direction to education system in the country and government will soon launch online education which will be free of cost.”

“Efforts are also on to make it available through a mobile app and books available in central government libraries are also being digitized,” the minister added.

Reacting on the development, Bihar education minister Brishan Patel said, “We welcome the skill programme, but there are some issues with choice based credit system.” While Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said, “It’s a good move as it students will select a course of their choice by ‘shopping’ from a list of courses offered under this programme.”

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