AICTE presents a unified credit framework, students obtain 8 credits after the doctorate


The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has introduced the unified National Higher Equation Qualification Framework (NHEQF) and National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) credit framework for transition from vocational and vocational education to engineering and technology. The aim is to align it with the objective of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

According to the credit framework, after the end of class 10, students will be awarded 3 credits, at the end of class 12 or the second year of graduation, 4 credits will be awarded. A student will earn 6 credits after completing BE or BTech and 7 after ME or MTech. Students will earn 8 levels of Unified Credits (UCF) after the Ph.D. “All technical institutions/universities approved by AICTE are requested to make the necessary changes to their statutes and to implement them,” the official notice reads.

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The council said that upon entry, each institution or university must identify gaps in education or skills and subsequently offer an appropriate bridging course. To make students employable after each outing, the skills component with progressive skill building in the respective disciplines could be introduced into the curriculum from the first year of the program.

The NHEQF was introduced to ensure that a student is employable after leaving school and the credit levels would help clarify the same. According to the AICTE information brochure, a credit framework enables vertical and lateral mobility within the vocational education system and between current education systems. The credit framework defines the rules for awarding credits and follows the regulatory framework of the NSQF.

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The framework essentially allows for clear pathways between ITI and the vocational education system and therefore into the mainstream education system. It does not replace the current education scenario. It sets the rules for awarding credits and follows the NSQF regulatory framework, the board said.

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