The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday issued a notification allowing students to chose or drop education at their convenience.
This option has been effected following notification to the University Grants Commission (Establishment and Operation of Academic Bank of Credits in Higher Education) Regulations, 2021. This is in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) which is based on the principles of flexibility, no hard separations between disciplines, multi-disciplinarily and holistic education, human & Constitutional values, life skills, respect for diversity and the local context with focus on equity and inclusion.
Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) platform has been developed by the National e-Govemance Division (NeGD) of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under Digilocker Framework, with the facility/ functionality of opening of Academic Account by the students and on-boarding of eligible higher educational institutions.
ABC is based on principle of Distributed and Flexible Teaching-Learning that allows a student to learn as per her or his convenience, drop education mid-way and pick it up again as per their choice and convenience.
“ABC will digitally store the academic credits earned by students from Higher Educational Institutions registered with ABC for awarding degrees/diploma/PG diploma/certificates taking into account credits earned by students. ABC will ensure the opening, closure and validation of Academic Bank Accounts, credit verification, credit accumulation, and credit transfer or redemption for students,” UGC circular read.
Higher Education Institutions that meet the eligibility requirements can register with Academic Bank of credits on ABC website (www.abc.gov.in).
Students can also register by visiting the ABC website. A comprehensive user manual for both higher educational institutions and students with step-by-step instructions and screenshots are available on the ABC portal's Resources section under the General Resources category.