National Credit Framework (NCrF)


  • Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched the draft of National Credit Framework (NCrF) for public consultation,

About National Credit Framework (NCrF)

  • The Government of India has developed the National Credit Framework (NCrF) to enable the integration of academic and vocational domains to ensure flexibility and mobility between the two.

    National Credit Framework (NCrF)
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  • NCrF would be a game changer by opening numerous options for further progression of students and inter-mingling of school and higher education with vocational education and experiential learning, thus mainstreaming skilling and vocational education. NCrFwill also enable students who have dropped out of the mainstream education to re-enter the education ecosystem.
  • NCrF will seamlessly integrate the credits earned through school education, higher education and vocational and skill education by encompassing the National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF), National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and National School Education Qualification Framework (NSEQF).
  • It also supports educational acceleration for students with gifted learning abilities and Recognition of Prior Learning for the workforce that has acquired knowledge and skills informally through the traditional family inheritance, work experience or other methods.

Proposed benefits for various stakeholders are as follows:

  • Students: NCrF will ensure Flexibility in the duration of study/ courses through provisions of multiple entries and exit/work options as well as pave the path for creditisation of all learning hours, including academic, vocational and experiential learning. It will also give the provision for lifelong learning – any time anywhere learning: It will also help students by:
    • Establishing multidisciplinary and holistic education with flexible curricula
    • Removing the hard distinction between the education stream and making study choices respectful, allowing for more than one award in the same period
    • Removing the distinction between arts, science, social sciences, commerce, etc
    • Giving student credits for every academic/ skill/ experience
    • Enhancing the scope of core learning to include foundational and cognitive both
  • Institutions: NCrF will bring about a unification of higher education institutions to promote multidisciplinary education, creating a diverse and rich students knowledge base. It will also help in:
    • Promoting stronger collaboration between institutions
    • Making credit mechanism simpler and uniform
    • Increasing focus on research and innovation
    • Promoting digital learning, blended learning, and open distance learning
    • Leveraging the institutional infrastructure
  • Government: NCrF is expected to assist the government to increase the enrolment of students, helping to fulfil the national vision of complementing the demographic dividend and transforming India into the Skill Capital of the World. It will also:
    • Making vocational education and training/ skilling aspirational
    • Highly educated and trained workforce for Aatmnirbhar Bharat
  • Industry: NCrF will allow students to attain NSQF-approved foundational skills developed by industry and be more employable. The provision of micro-credentials will allow integration of quick educational upgradation/ up-skilling It will also help in:
    • Re-Skilling and up-skilling of existing employees/ engineers
    • Making students more employable by enabling a more holistic design of the study
    • Creating a multi/ cross-sectoral skilled pool of employable youth

Reference: PIB

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