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DU releases draft UG curriculum framework, seeks feedback

 
Delhi University on Friday released a Draft Undergraduate Curriculum Framework (UGCF) which has been formulated to orient its undergraduate programmes towards the ethos of the National Education Policy 2020. The UGCF is a structure for four-year undergraduate programmes in different disciplines with multiple exit options made possible by a system of earning credits.

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Centre brings all higher education institutions under Academic Bank of Credit system

Students across India will now be able to switch between institutions while pursuing courses in colleges and universities as the Centre has brought all higher education institutions under the ambit of the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) system – a part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The ABC system will allow students multiple entries and exits to and from institutions. This means that a student can pursue one year of education in a particular institution and move to another institution to pursue the second year of the same course and so on.

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AICTE launches two new programs

AICTE has also launched a Student Learning Assessment (PARAKH) portal that conducts assessments of students and teachers of higher education institutions and schools.
With the aim of creating a larger pool of trained technical teachers, the All India Technical Education Council (AICTE) has made it available to teachers for more than 5 years for technical teacher training. A service that has expanded the scope of the National Initiative (NITTT). AICTE has also launched a Student Learning Assessment (PARAKH) portal that conducts assessments of students and teachers of higher education institutions and schools. The portal has a rating of over Rs 145,000 that incorporates multiple disciplines aimed at improving the overall competence of students and graduates, including core disciplines, aptitude, emerging disciplines, and higher thinking skills. .. As part of the revamped NITTT, teachers need to provide industrial training and semester-based mentorship as part of their training exercises. Previously, NITTT was launched to improve the quality of domestic technical education, available to teachers with less than five years of service.
 
Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of AICTE, said: NITTT helps teachers today become teachers of tomorrow. Students should also come forward to take the test through PARAKH for overall growth. “
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UGC, AICTE warn against ‘franchise arrangement’ between colleges and edtech platforms

The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have warned their recognised varsities and institutions against offering courses in distance learning and online mode in association with Ed-tech companies, saying no “franchise” agreement is permissible as per norms.

The higher education regulator (UGC) and technical education regulator (AICTE) have also advised students and parents to check the recognition status of any programme on their websites before enrolling in any course.

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NEP focusses on equitable, inclusive education: Dharmendra Pradhan

Speaking at the 82nd Indian Public Schools' Conference, the Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, said that a knowledgeable individual is the building block of a good society, a just society, and a progressive society.

How NEP helps the disadvantaged

Addressing the occasion, the ministers went on to say that the National Education Policy 2020 focusses on equitable and inclusive education with special emphasis given on socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

Inclusivity in schools

Dharmendra Pradhan went on to urge the schools attending the conference to reflect on the inclusivity of our leading schools and further think about what more can be done to ensure that every child in the country gets the best education. Stressing further, the Union Education Minister said that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to do what is best for their children to provide them with the fundamental right to education, and guide them to their full .

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Implementation of the new National Education Policy 2020: An assessment

The first full year after the release of the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on 29 July 2020 has been a mixed bag with respect to implementation efforts by the Central and State governments and their autonomous agencies. The first step in the implementation, renaming the erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as the Ministry of Education (MOE) as suggested by the NEP, was immediate, given that the Union Cabinet approved this change at the same time as the policy itself. However, the progress since then has been chequered.

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UGC directive to teach courses based on student demand misunderstands academic worth, university autonomy

The University Grants Commission (UGC)’s letter to central universities, asking them to teach courses based on student demand, is based on questionable academic logic. How many students queue up for a course often reflects how much it boosts the chances of their employment. While important, for a university, that must not be the only metric in determining the span of its academic ambition. The work of producing knowledge, training students in critical thinking, and pushing ideas towards new frontiers — the reasons why societies invest in universities — cannot rest on a narrow, instrumentalist approach. That is to say, a university must make space for arcane philosophy as much as economics, even if there are few takers for the former. Seen in this light, the UGC’s insistence that courses be taught or stopped based on the number of enrolled students seems rather short-sighted. The Delhi University Democratic Teachers’ Front has said that it fears that “rationalizing” courses in this manner would have grim consequences for social science and language departments, as well as job losses for those who teach in them

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AICTE to soon launch model curriculum in line with NEP 2020

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has prepared a model curriculum in line with the new National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) and it will be launched “soon”, a senior official said on Wednesday.

The AICTE had introduced the first version of the model curriculum in 2017, before the NEP-2020 was prepared, AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said during a panel discussion at the International Conference of Academic Institutions.

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On redefining college-university relationship under NEP, tread cautiously

Doing away with the affiliation system by 2035 is one of the major thrusts of the National Education Policy (NEP 2020). Accordingly, colleges must upgrade themselves into multi-disciplinary autonomous higher educational institutions to become empowered to award degrees. In case their resources and circumstances do not permit them to do so, they must be integrated into a university, merged, consolidated or become part of a cluster. If they are unable to do any of these, they will face closure.

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NEP 2020: Time To Move Beyond The Talk And Implement The Roadmap

The 21st century has largely been do­m­i­na­ted by a society that is driven by informat­ion and knowledge. The industrialization and economic expansion of this century are causing technological transformations all over the world. Today, monodisciplinary dom­i­nance in knowled­ge systems is being supplanted by cross-disciplin­ary programs that have broadened intellectual frameworks for the understanding of nature and society. Uni­ver­­sities are expected to play a key role in social transformation, breaking the stra­n­g­le­hold of a single disciplinary and intellect­ual framework that has dominated since the 19th century. Education is a critical factor in the dev­e­lopment of society, by bringing technological and eco­­no­­mic growth. Optimal growth of society can only be achieved if the status of education in society is improved, allowing for multi-faceted development of its citizens. Higher education is critical for societal aspirations, developmental priorities and societal values, all of which must be assessed, nurtured and refined regularly. With over 45,000 higher educational instituti­­o­ns,­ India has the world’s largest higher education system, owing to a massive expansion in the hig­h­­er education sector, which has seen a four-fold rise since 2001. However, the sector continues to face challenges such as insufficient funding, lower graduate employability, poor teaching standards, poor governance and complex regulatory proces­ses. India’s demographic trend indicates it will soon overtake China as the world’s most populous country, and demand for higher education will fol­low suit in the coming years.

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Regional News

Explained: What’s new in the draft Undergraduate Curriculum Framework 2022 released by Delhi University

The Delhi University (DU) on Friday released a draft Undergraduate Curriculum Framework 22 (UGCF-2022) keeping in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) and has invited feedback on it from stakeholders till January 30. The new UG curriculum will come into force from next year when the university shifts to a four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

What is the new UGCF-2022?
The UGCF provides the curriculum framework that will be adopted in the 2022-23 academic session when DU shifts to an FYUP. This, however, does not include the syllabi for courses, which is prepared independently. The objective of the UGCF is to “align with the NEP” so as “to promote each student’s holistic development in both academic and non-academic spheres”, “provide flexibility to students so that learners have the ability to choose their learning trajectories and programmes”, “eliminate harmful hierarchies among disciplines/fields of study and silos between different areas of learning”, among others. The UGCF is an attempt to include two of the most talked about features of the NEP – multi-disciplinarity and multiple exit points (leaving the course at the end of each year with a different degree).

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Delhi University’s NEP challenge and opportunity

The University of Delhi (DU) — which is among the most sought-after higher education institutions in the country — is witnessing a churn. The new vice-chancellor, Professor Yogesh Singh, who assumed office in October, has come with new ideas to take the university to new heights and a strong resolve to implement them. Recently, he also finalised his new team and announced their names in an executive council meeting.

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Bengaluru college gets A++ accreditation from NAAC

It is the second institution in the country and the first in Karnataka to have achieved the highest CGPA

 

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Drop in rankings, poor grades trigger demand for academic accountability

A closer look at the rankings of universities over the past five years shows that of the 16 state universities, only four have been able to figure in the top 100 rankings. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Academic circles have been debating the drop in the quality of higher education in the state over the years, but have not examined the issue in detail due to the lack of a concrete mechanism to gauge the decline. The introduction of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), by the Union government in 2016, not only brought in a common yardstick for grading higher educational institutions across the country but also put the spotlight on the accountability of such institutions.

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Bengaluru hosts State’s first National Education Policy conclave

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government's Higher Education Council, in collaboration with the International Skill Development Corporation (ISDC), a UK headquartered skill development and education company, organized the State's first NEP conclave in Bengaluru on Saturday. With the theme of 'Strategising the Future of Higher Education', the Karnataka NEP Conclave 2021 was inaugurated by the Minister of Higher Education, Ashwathnarayan C. N.

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‘Mandate group’ to help rework syllabus as per NEP

The committee to revise the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) has decided to set up a “mandate group” to issue guidelines on the ways to introduce various elements of the new education policy, ranging from modern technological skills to ancient Indian knowledge systems, in the school textbooks.

It is learnt that the decision to set up the six-member group was taken by the 12-member National Steering Committee, headed by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, on December 9. Of the six members in the proposed mandate group, three will be members of the steering committee, while the remaining three will be external domain experts. “The mandate group, which will essentially act as a sub-group of the national steering committee, will lay down guidelines, indicating the processes and timelines for the NCF as well as the State Curriculum Frameworks (SCFs),” a senior Union government official said on the condition of anonymity.

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UGC releases list of HEIs recognized to offer online programs for Nov session

University Grants Commission has released the list of Higher Educational Institutes that are recognized to offer online programs for 2021-22, the academic session beginning November 2021 and onwards. The list of Universities can be checked through the official site of UGC on UGC.ac.in.  The Commission has released the list of eligible HEIs on the basis of applications received. The programs under the ambit of the Regulatory Authorities have been considered on the basis of communication/ recommendation received from the respective Regulatory Authority. 

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NEP does not envisage one year engineering programme in Indian languages: Govt

NEW DELHI: The  National Education Policy does not envisage a one-year engineering programme in Indian languages, Union Education Minister  Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday. Pradhan made the statement in response to a written question in Lok Sabha.

"NEP does not envisage a one-year engineering programme in Indian Languages. However, NEP has made recommendations for use of mother tongue and local language as a medium of instruction and offer programmes bilingually in the higher education system," he said.

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Assam to implement National Education Policy in 2022-23

The Assam government will implement 75 per cent of the National Education Policy (NEP) in 2022 and will achieve 100 per cent by 2023.
Assam is all set with the implementation of the National Education Policy, NEP. The state education minister, Dr Ranoj Pegu, mentioned that Assam has already started the implementation of NEP 2020.

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KU VC calls for time-bound implementation of NEP-2020

In his opening remarks, Prof Talat, while appreciating the faculty members and students over resumption of offline classes, highlighted the need for continuous assessment and evaluation of teaching and research programmes to align them with the National Education Policy-2020 which calls for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches
"NEP 2020 is going to be a game-changer in education sector. Since this university is both old and prestigious, we need to see how we can implement this policy at the UG and PG levels in a smooth manner and also offer mentorship to other institutions in the region," he said.

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