UGC to Refine Draft Learning Outcomes Standards to Sync with NSQF

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to refine the draft regulations which, once approved, will define the learning outcomes associated with each level of qualification in higher education and allow the transfer of credits between institutions and courses.

UGC President Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar said The Indian Express Sunday that the commission decided to revise the draft regulations, which were made public in January, to ensure parity with the guidelines that govern technical education in the country.

Simply put, the National Higher Education Qualifications Framework (NHEQF), which is being revised, defines what a learner is expected to know at the end of a course, ranging from certificate programs to doctorates.

It also sets the minimum number of credits a student must earn to complete a course and progress to the next level. The NHEQF draft initially organized the qualifications on a scale of five to 10. “However, the above is not in line with the NSQF in which the levels are organized from 4.5 to 8. Since the draft of UGC’s NHEQF has levels from 5 to 10, as explained above, this will create operational issues for vertical and horizontal mobility of learning by prescribing entry requirements for each qualification, pre-requisites for lateral entry and validation of prior learning outcomes achieved,” Prof. Kumar said.

Therefore, the NHEQF will also adopt the 4.5 to 8 scale, he said. The UGC will hold a series of meetings with university heads starting May 25 to communicate the project’s review plan, Prof Kumar added.

The revised scale has been prepared in accordance with the proposed structure of the four-year undergraduate program, which will provide multiple entry and exit options for students, who can earn anything between a certificate and a diploma with a search based on the number of semesters cleared by them. .

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