The Center will release the draft National Credit Framework (NCrF) on Wednesday and begin the process of public consultation on it, the union’s Department of Education announced on Tuesday.
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with the committee preparing the national credit framework which will integrate school, higher and vocational education on Tuesday. “Pradhan has agreed to launch the public consultation process on the National Credit Framework starting tomorrow, i.e. October 19, 2022,” the ministry said in a statement.
HT reported in August that a high-level committee formed last year to develop the framework had finalized its draft report.
“The NCrF project will also be made public on Wednesday. Stakeholders will request to send their suggestions on the same topic,” a senior ministry official said.
While a credit-based framework is already in place in technical and higher education, this will be the first time that school and vocational education will be included.
The University Grants Commission, India’s higher education regulator, launched an Academic Credit Bank (ABC) for higher education last year. The ABC functions as a digital repository of credits earned by students. So far, it is limited to higher education.
Under the proposed framework, the ABC will be extended and linked to DigiLocker, the online scanning service provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Computing. Currently, DigiLocker can be used to store student academic records by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other state education boards.
The NCrF will be launched as part of the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which advocates that there should be “no hard separation” between vocational and academic tracks. The policy also states that at least 50% of learners in the school system and higher education must be exposed to vocational education until 2025.