Government’s 100% Online, Digital University Plan To Boost Access To Higher Education

The National Digital University is likely to be established using the “hub-and-spoke” model, according to UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar. A digital university is a gift to students across the nation for the new year in the field of higher education. The Ministry of Education is establishing a digital university in close collaboration with all parties, and it anticipates that students will begin to benefit from it in 2023. 

The unique aspect of this initiative is that since all other higher education institutions and universities across the nation will be affiliated with it, it will be connected to all of them. 

According to the Ministry, this virtual university will accept online applications for admission and for all other related procedures. Students will also be admitted to this online university through this method. 

Both the mode of teaching and the method of evaluating the students at this online university will be conducted online. Through the “Swayam” portal run by the Union Ministry of Education, students will be able to complete their coursework online. 

The National Digital University will probably be founded using the “hub-and-spoke” model, according to University Grants Commission Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar. All students who have completed grade 12 will be able to enroll in higher education under this initiative. 

According to Kumar, there will be no limit to the number of admissions or seats available for students at this virtual university. Its advantages will be available to all students. There will be enrollment opportunities for students from all over the nation. 

The Ministry has called for a robust education policy that is driven by business and a team effort to increase youth employability. 
According to the Ministry, the new digital university will offer multiple entries and exit points as well as an Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) for the convenience of the students. 

On the basis of the New Education Policy, these options are being provided.

Each student can open a distinct, personal academic bank account in digital form through the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC). Each account holder (student) is given a special ID for this. 

 The primary responsibilities of ABC include higher education institution registration, student academic account opening, verification, credit verification, and credit accumulation, credit transfer, and promotion of ABC among stakeholders. 

The Academic Bank of Credit will maintain a database of student academic information from various higher education institutions. Colleges and universities will need to sign up for this. After that, the student accounts in the academic bank will be opened. 

 All students will receive a special ID after opening an account. On the basis of their courses, educational institutions will credit points to students’ academic accounts. The information of students attending colleges or other higher educational institutions will begin to be stored in this manner. 

A certificate, diploma, or degree will be awarded to a student who leaves their studies in the middle for whatever reason, based on their academic performance (time period. After passing the first year, the second year, and the course, the student will receive a diploma and a degree, respectively. 

A total of 854 universities and other educational institutions are listed on ABC’s official website, and 48 lakh student IDs have been created there thus far.

Source- odishatv 

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