Students who would like to undertake a double degree from foreign universities can feel relieved because, under a new framework, students who could not previously enroll in such courses due to the varying levels of qualification framework, will now be eligible to take admission at foreign universities.
The University Grants Commission has announced amendments to the National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF). The level from 5 to 10 in higher education has decreased from 4.5 to 8. This framework will apply from graduation to the Ph.D. level. It is worth noting that higher education institutions have set specific assessment standards for students and grouped them into levels ranging from 5 to 10. While levels 1 to 4 address school education, Furthermore, there are levels ranging from 6 to 12 at higher education institutions worldwide. Scotland holds the world’s highest level of 12. Level 10 is achieved by New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia. It is up to level 8 in Europe. Similarly, Hong Kong and Singapore provide higher education at level 7, whereas Thailand provides education at level 6.
As a result, if a student wants to continue a dual degree programme from a foreign university, they will have no difficulty since, because of revisions in the UGC’s NHEQF, the qualifying structure in Indian higher education will be uniform. Furthermore, students will not have any difficulties if they choose another subject in the middle of their studies in Indian educational institutions.
The change has been communicated to the Vice-Chancellors (VCs) of institutions across the country. In this context, the UGC met with university chancellors and college principals. Three more similar meetings will be scheduled soon to guarantee that no problems arise during the implementation of the new framework.
Students will be evaluated based on learning outcomes following the adoption of the new framework.
The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Ministry of Skill Development’s National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) range from 4.5 to 8.
Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Chairman of the UGC, stated that higher education in the country would now have a unified qualification structure based on learning outcomes. “This will benefit the students the most. They will be able to switch to any programme; on the lines of school education, in higher education also, students will be assessed on the basis of learning outcomes every year.”
Its aim is to test the students’ knowledge and skills. Students will also have the opportunity to work because of this.
According to Prof. Kumar, there would be no problems with admission to dual degree and joint degree related courses from foreign universities following the implementation of this policy. Meanwhile, different entry-exit mechanisms will be used beginning with the academic year 2022–23. It will aid students who have had to discontinue their education due to unforeseen circumstances. Students who leave a course after a set length of time will obtain a certificate, and when they finish the course, the relevant university will grant a degree in the same course. Aside from that, students from any stream will be able to pick their own studies. Students studying engineering or science, for example, can simultaneously pursue music education.
Source – Odisha tv