The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) collaborated to organize a Capacity Building Workshop on the operationalization of the National Curriculum Framework (NCrF) at the AICTE headquarters on September 22, 2023, with the goal of educating teachers and ensuring the smooth implementation of the National Curriculum Framework (NCrF).
200 professors from various educational institutions across the country attended the workshop, which had the theme “Training to Trainers.”
Speaking of the transformative potential of NCrF and AAPAR, Prof. Sitharam described them as new QR codes for learners, providing them with increased flexibility and empowerment. He also emphasized the three crucial elements of NCrF: academic grade credits, skill programme credits, and relevant experience credits.
The NCrF’s crucial contribution to school, higher education, technical, vocational, and skill education, as well as how it fosters an integrated education system, was emphasized by Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, chairman of NCVET. Before full-scale implementation, he underlined the vital requirement for ground-level operationalization.
In accordance with the National Education Policy 2020, the National Curriculum Framework (NCrF) was developed with the goal of mainstreaming and integrating vocational education into the larger educational landscape. From K–12 through higher education, NCrF creates a uniform framework for credit acquisition and transfer for both general and vocational education.
It allows for mobility and equivalences between these educational areas and includes credits for applicable experience, skill programme credits, and academic grade credits. This paradigm supports ongoing professional development, lifelong learning, and the acknowledgment of prior knowledge.
The Ministry of Education set up a high-level committee to oversee the integration of NCrF across several sectors in order to ensure smooth implementation. It is within the scope of this committee to provide explanations, address unforeseen use cases, and fill up any policy gaps. Additionally, it aims to promote inter-institutional and regulator-to-regulator interactions to harmonise SOPs and guidelines. The group is also committed to addressing any arising issues or objections regarding the framework.
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