UGC Amends NHEQF and Aims to Ease Entry of Foreign Universities into India

Students who wish to pursue a double degree at foreign universities can breathe a sigh of relief because under a new framework, students, who previously could not enroll in such courses due to the variable level of the qualification framework, will be now eligible for admission to foreign universities. UGC has made changes to the National Higher Education Qualifications Framework (NHEQF).

In higher education, the level from 5 to 10 has been reduced from 4.5 to 8. This framework will be applicable from graduation to doctorate. It should be noted that higher education institutions have established certain assessment criteria for students and divided it into levels from 5 to 10. Whereas level 1 to 4 covers school education.

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Significantly, there are levels from 6 to 12 in higher education institutions around the world. Scotland have the highest level of 12 in the world. New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia have level 10. In Europe it is up to level 8. Similarly, Hong Kong and Singapore offer higher education at level 7 and Thailand at level 6.

Now, if a student pursues a dual degree program in a foreign university, they will have no problem because due to changes in UGC’s NHEQF, the Indian higher education qualification framework will also be uniform. Moreover, students will not face any problem even if they opt for another course in the middle of studying in Indian educational institutions.

Vice-Chancellors (VCs) of universities across the country have been notified of the change. In this regard, the UGC held a meeting with the VCs of the universities and the directors of the colleges. Three more such meetings will be held soon to ensure that no problems arise during the implementation of the new framework.

After the implementation of the new framework, students will be assessed on the basis of learning outcomes.

The National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Ministry of Skill Development is also from level 4.5 to 8.

UGC President Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar has said that higher education across the country will now have a uniform qualification framework based on learning outcomes. “This will benefit the students the most. They can go to any program; Following the model of school education, also in higher education, students will be assessed on the basis of learning outcomes each year.

Its purpose is to assess students’ knowledge and skills. In this, students will also have employment opportunities.

Prof. Kumar says that after this policy, there will be no more problem regarding admission to the courses related to dual degrees and joint degrees from foreign universities.

Meanwhile, the multiple entry-exit system will also be implemented from the 2022-23 academic session. This will benefit students who had to drop out of school midway for whatever reason. Students who leave a course after a certain period of time will be awarded a diploma and when they have completed the course, the relevant university will award them a diploma in the same course.

Other than that, students in any major will be free to choose any subjects they want. For example, if engineering or science students wish, they can also opt for music education.

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