Draft National Higher Educational Qualification Framework
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has developed a draft National Higher Educational Qualification Framework (NHEQF), which is part of a set of reforms that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 envisages. From job readiness to constitutional values, theoretical knowledge to technical skills, higher education institutes across the country will soon be brought under a new framework to assess students on a range of learning outcomes.
Need for this framework
- Nationally accepted and internationally comparable framework-Given the size of the higher education system and the diversity of institutions and programmes of study in India, the country needs to move towards developing a nationally accepted and internationally comparable and acceptable qualifications framework to facilitate transparency and comparability of higher education qualifications at all levels.
- Away from national common syllabus -In the draft, the UGC has clarified that the framework is not intended to promote a uniform curriculum or national common syllabus.
- Providing quality education -The purpose is to bring up/elevate all HEIs to a common level of benchmarking to ensure that all institutions are providing quality education.