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PM to roll out academic credit bank

Context:

PM Narendra Modi will launch the academic bank of credit that will provide multiple entry/exit options for students in higher education, first-year engineering programmes in regional languages and guidelines for internationalization of higher education.

Relevance:

Prelims, GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to education, Government Policies and Initiatives)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Various Initiatives regarding Education launched (or to be launched)
  2. National Education Policy 2020

Various Initiatives regarding Education launched (or to be launched)

  1. Academic Bank of Credit- a credit transfer system for students in over 290 top institutions from the current academic year 2021-22 onwards. All institutions in the top 100 of the National Institutional Ranking Framework as well as those who have achieved an A grade under the National Assessment and Accreditation Council will be allowed to participate in the credit transfer system, which will also allow multiple entry and exit options for students.
  2. Vidya Pravesh- a three-month play-based school preparation module for Grade 1 students
  3. NISHTHA 2.0- an integrated programme of teacher training designed by NCERT
  4. SAFAL (Structured Assessment For Analysing Learning Levels)- a competency-based assessment framework for Grades 3, 5 and 8 in CBSE schools
  5. Indian Sign Language as a Subject at the secondary level.
  6. National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) will be a digital infrastructure for Education to support the Centre and States in planning, administering and governing school education as well as to teachers, students and schools for having a seamless digital learning experience.
  7. National Education Technology Forum (NETF) to provide a platform for the free exchange of ideas on the use of technology to enhance learning, assessment, planning, administration.
  8. The Ministry of Education is also planning to organise eight theme-based webinars on the use of technology in education, multidisciplinary and holistic education, equity and inclusion, Indian knowledge system, languages, arts and culture, among others.

The events were launched to mark the first anniversary of the National Education Policy (NEP). These initiatives are set to improve the government’s report card on the policy’s implementation, which has also been slowed by COVID-19 disruptions.

National Education Policy 2020

  • The National Education Policy 2020 is the first education policy of the 21st century and replaces the thirty-four-year-old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986.
  • The policy covers all the 3 stages of education, that is school education, higher education and professional education
  • It includes even agricultural education, legal education, medical education, technical education, vocational education, teacher education and the research and innovation.
  • Emphasizes on early child care and education and includes it in the Ministry of Education [Ministry of HRD will be called Ministry of Education from now on].
  • The policy also tries to focus on certain foundational skills that children should have in the proposed new structure of 5+3+3+4

Click Here to read more about the National Education Policy

-Source: The Hindu

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