UGC Changes ABC Platform Rules to Bring All Institutions into Its Scope

The Academic Credit Bank will hold students’ academic credits and facilitate multiple entry and exit to and from different courses and universities

The platform was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first anniversary of NEP 2020. (Image source: Shutterstock)

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission has placed all higher education institutions under the Academic Credit Bank system by amending its ABC regulations as of 2019. All universities, colleges and autonomous educational institutions, regardless of their rating by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Institute Rankings Framework (NIRF) are eligible to participate in the ABC system.

“It has been found that self-governing universities and colleges satisfying Sub-Regulation (2) of the Regulations and Institution of National Importance declared by the Government of India and specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer degrees, regardless of their NAAC or NIRF ranking should be able to enroll in the Academic Credit Bank,” an official notice reads.To do this, the higher education regulator has notified the required changes.

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Previously, only institutions that had an “A” rating by the NAAC or a high rating by a similar body were eligible. UGC has further requested all educational institutions to take appropriate steps to join the ABC platform.

1642226325215UGC has enabled all universities and colleges to participate in the ABC platform, regardless of NAAC and NIRF status

NEP 2020 and ABC system

In line with the National Education Policy, or NEP 2020, this ABC system aims to provide greater flexibility and easier access to multidisciplinary education.

The ABC system, a virtual credit repository, will give students the ability to choose preferred courses at a preferred time with multiple entry and exit points. Students will be required to open an “academic bank account” in order to choose preferred courses and institutions. Credits collected by students will last for up to seven years. However, each participating institution will set its own rules for how a degree will be granted under the ABC system.

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So far, 18 higher education institutions have registered to implement the ABC system. The platform was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first anniversary of NEP 2020.

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