Since the launch of the National Education Policy in 2020, the Indian education system has seen tremendous change. By bringing the facility of multiple entries and exit system, it has made higher education more dynamic, flexible, and skill-based. Students have the option of choosing their curriculum according to their own interests. The launch of the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) this year, made higher education more flexible. Let us understand the change in the higher education system under NEP. What are this provision of student’s exit and entry in the bachelor’s program and how does it work?
What is the admission path for Undergraduate Programme?
- Any student who had a grade 12 school leaving certificate is eligible for admission to the first-degree programme.
- The admission will be made on the basis of the criteria notified by the higher university. This will be in accordance with UGC norms.
- The in-take capacity has to be ascertained at least 3 months in advance. It depends on the academic and physical facilities to earmark the seats for lateral entrants to the second/third/fourth year of a first-degree programme.
What is the entry and exit option for students, credit requirements and qualifications?
1st Year [Level 5]
- Entry 1: The entry requirement for Level 5 is obtaining a secondary school leaving certificate after successful completion of Grade 12. The first year’s bachelor degree is open to the students when they have met the entrance test requirements including those specified by the respective higher institutions.
- Exit 1: If a student opts to exit after completing the first year (two semesters), they will be awarded a certificate on the attainment of certain credits.
- Credits Required: 36-40 credits.
- Student gets a Certificate on exit
2nd Year [Level 6]
- Entry 2: The entry requirement for Level 6 is obtaining an undergraduate certificate that is awarded after completing the first year.
- Exit 2: If a student opts to exit after completing level 6 (second year), they will be awarded a diploma on the attainment of certain credits.
- Credits Required: 72-80 total credits from levels 5 to 6.
- Student gets a Diploma on exit
3rd Year [Level 7]
- Entry 3: The entry requirement for Level 7 is a diploma certificate awarded after completion of two years.
- Exit 3: A relevant Bachelor’s degree shall be provided on gaining certain credits.
- Credits Required: 108-120 credits from levels 5 to 7.
- Student gets a Bachelor’s degree on exit
4th Year [Level 8]
- Entry 4: Whosoever shall seek admission to a bachelor’s degree (Honours/Research), should have completed the three-year bachelor degree (level 7). The students need to score a minimum of 7.5 CGPA to be eligible for a Level 8 degree.
- Exit 4: A bachelor degree (honours/research) is provided.
- Credits Required: 144-160 credits from levels 5 to 8.
- Student gets a Bachelor’s degree (Honors/Research) on exit
So, now you can exit any year and your accomplishments in that year will be rewarded.