UGC Framework for Skills and Choice Based Credit System
New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has reported that it has been constantly persuading the universities to introduce academic reforms like introduction of semester system, choice based credit system, grading etc. with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement in higher education in the country. Guidelines, in accordance with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), were also required for integrating skill and vocational development with mainstream general education in Universities and Colleges. Accordingly, the UGC has issued guidelines for Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and Credit Framework for Skill Development (CFSD).
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education convened a meeting of all State Education Ministers looking after Higher/Technical Education, on 6th January 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, to discuss adoption of the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in Colleges and State Public Universities.
All State Ministers of Higher/Technical Education endorsed the Credit Framework for Skills and the Choice Based Credit System in the meeting held on 06th January 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The UGC is also conducting eight Regional Workshops from 20th March, 2015 to 16th April, 2015 so that all the universities can be prepared and assisted in the implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). The UGC has also setup a Cell to address challenges emanating from the implementation of CBCS and NSQF. This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.
Digitalisation of Universities
It is intimated that the Ministry is presently implementing the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) to leverage the potential of ICT, in teaching and learning process for the benefit of all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in any time any where mode. Under the Mission, more than 810 courses in various disciplines in engineering and science are available on-line under National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). E-content for eight undergraduate subjects has also been generated by the Consortium of Educational Communication (CEC) in collaboration with its Media Centers. Over 126 Virtual Labs in nine Engineering & Science disciplines, comprising more than 770 experiments are currently ready for use and available. 1500 Spoken Tutorials are available on line. A large number of courses for design have also been created. Under the NMEICT scheme, 1 Gbps Optical Fibre connectivity to 403 universities/ university level institutions in the country including Maharashtra State has also been provided.
Infrastructure in IITs
The Government has set up eight new IITs at Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh during the XI Plan. They are functioning from temporary campuses with adequate infrastructure such as classrooms, labs, equipment and hostels. Government provides budgetary support to these Institutes on priority basis to develop and maintain required infrastructure. The Institutes have been given full powers to recruit faculty and non-faculty staff within the prescribed ratio of 1:1.1:10. Government also provides regulatory and policy support to help them attract quality faculty. Mobility of faculty from one Central Educational Institute to another, engagement of contract/adjunct/visiting faculty and relaxation in salary limit from US$ 25,000 to US$ 14,000 for employment Visa to foreign faculty are some of the policy measures taken by the Government to maintain standards of education.
Invitation of US Academicians under GIAN
The draft Cabinet Note on the Scheme called Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), which seeks to invite distinguished academicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, experts including Indian Diaspora from premier institutions across the world, including USA to teach in the higher educational institutions in India during summer and winter breaks has been circulated to the concerned Ministries and Departments for their comments. The Scheme envisages giving international exposure to students, address shortage of faculty and also provides opportunity to faculty to learn and share knowledge and teaching skills in cutting-edge areas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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