UGC Undergraduate Framework 2022: Last date for suggestions today, what to expect from NHEQF

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  • UGC released its draft National Higher Education Qualifications Framework for UG programs on 31 January 2022
  • The deadline for stakeholders to submit suggestions and comments is today, February 13, 2022
  • The NHEQF has been formulated keeping the ideas and reforms suggested by the NEP 2022

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had released its draft National Higher Education Qualifications Framework (NHEQF) in the public domain on January 31, 2022. The framework focused on the reform of the higher education system in India on the basis of the new National Education Policy (NEP 2020).

After the feedback process is closed, a decision on the 2022 NHEQF can be expected from the commission. The framework focuses on introducing a system based on fixed credits, learning outcomes, job readiness of students, and many other parameters that will prepare them to face the world upon graduation.

Credit based system

The draft framework has “fixed” a certain level of credit required for students to pass each level in order to receive their degrees. With the multiple entry and exit program also developed, students will need 40 credits for a certificate, 80 for a diploma, 120 for a bachelor’s degree, and 160 credits for an honors/research degree. Depending on the project, one credit equals one hour of instruction or two hours of hands-on or fieldwork.

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Students can exit after completing one year of their UG program with a certificate, two years with a diploma, three years with a bachelor’s degree, or can complete four years and earn an honors degree with an honors degree/research degree.

New learning skills for students

The NHEQF project describes several learning level parameters to assess students. These parameters include constitutional, moral and ethical values, professional skills, generic learning outcomes, entrepreneurship and the application of knowledge and skills. Students can be assessed for these parameters at all levels of their course.

Delhi University has also released its undergraduate framework which has been formulated in line with the NEP 2020. The framework was given “agreement” by the board after a review on 9th February 2022.

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The main objective of the NHEQF, according to the official document, is the need for “the country to move towards the development of an acceptable framework accepted at the national level and comparable at the international level to facilitate the transparency and the comparability of the frameworks of higher education at all levels”.

However, the NHEQF does not intend to promote a common and uniform curriculum across all higher education institutions. The aim is simply to raise all higher education institutions to a common standard.

Norma A. Roth