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  • 26 October, 2022

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National Credit Framework

National Credit Framework

A document "National Credit Framework" (NCrF) has recently been made public by the Ministry of Education with the intention of integrating the entire educational system—from elementary schools to universities—under the "credit" system.

About The National Credit Framework (NCrF) :

  • The framework states that the quantity of hours a student works will be used to determine how long an academic year is. They will receive credits in accordance at the conclusion of each academic year.
  • The University Grants Commission (Establishment and Operation of Academic Bank of Credits in Higher Education) Regulations, which were notified in July 2021, served as the basis for the development of the framework
  • Credit System: According to the report of the high-level committee on the NCrF, which was made public, credit levels will start at level 1 in class 5 and increase to levels 7 and 8 with post-graduate and doctoral degrees, respectively.
  • Credit levels will rise by 0.5 for each additional year of education.

Earning Credit:

  • For the purpose of assigning credits, a total of 1200 "Notional Learning Hours in a Year" will be used. 20 credits can be earned per semester, or 1200 hours of instruction, for a minimum of 40 credits per year. There will be 30 hours of learning required for each credit.
  • In the context of NCrF, "notion learning hours" refers to time spent participating in a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities in addition to formal classroom instruction.
  • Sports, yoga, performing arts, music, social work, NCC, vocational education, as well as on-the-job training, internships, and apprenticeships, are just a few examples of these activities.
  • A student or learner will be able to enter and exit the educational ecosystem, both general and vocational, at any time thanks to the credit transfer mechanism. In these situations, the learner's work experience or any other training they may have completed is given the appropriate weight.
  • Due Attention to Co-Curricular Activities: The new credit framework will not have a clear distinction between curricular and co-curricular activities or different disciplines. Performance on activities such as class projects, sports, and games will also count toward credit.
  • Registration of students using Aadhaar: There will be an Aadhaar-enabled student registration. An Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) account will be created following student registration. Credits and degrees will be deposited into those accounts. A knowledge locker similar to DigiLocker will exist.

Academic Bank of Credit:

  • It is planned to expand the recently introduced Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) for higher education to allow for the end-to-end management of credits earned from school education onwards as well as to include vocational education and trainings.


  • It would serve as "an umbrella framework for skilling, re-skilling, up-skilling, accreditation & evaluation" for the workforce as well as educational and skilling institutions.
  • In the next two to three years, achieving 100% literacy and growing India's economy to $5 trillion will depend heavily on the credits for learning new things, receiving practical training, and having positive social effects.

Source: The Hindu


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