UGC proposes initiative paving way for inter-varsity degrees

UGC proposes initiative paving way for inter-varsity degrees

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is proposing a 'National Academic Credit Bank' in higher education and if the proposal comes through, inter-university degrees can be a reality soon, a senior UGC official said Thursday.

UGC vice-chairman professor BhushanPatwardhan, speaking onthe sidelines of the ongoing three-day Training of Teachers (ToT) for StudentInduction Programme (SIP)here, said the proposal was similar to that existingin some foreign universities. The initiative proposed in the place of thecurrent ystem of CBCS (credit-based choice system) would allow students to joinin one university, pursue it in another university and earn a degree from adifferent university, a press release quoted Patwardhan as saying.

This would give a lot of flexibility to the students, therelease further quoted him as saying.

The UGC has appointed a committee which met a couple oftimes to study the proposal, the release said.

The proposal was made recently in Pune and was still indeliberation stage, he said adding with the National Academic Credit Bank,inter-university degrees can be a reality in the near future in India.

"Once this goes through proper deliberations andaccepted, we would like to roll it out on an experimental basis or on a pilotproject basis in any one of the Universities by the academic year 2021,Patwardhan said.

The current education system is teacher andinstitution-centric, which has to be changed. It has to become student-centric,he added.

Around 225 faculty and teachers from different institutes across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu attended the programme that included workshops and interactive sessions.

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