HRD Minister launched SAMVAY, tell universities to implement credit transfer scheme

November 13, 2014

For integrating vocational and conventional education, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on November 11, 2014 announced the launch of Skill Assessment Matrix for Vocational Advancement of Youth (SAMVAY). "I hope that from the next academic year, all central universities will implement credit transfer scheme to facilitate seamless movement of students," Irani said on the occasion of National Education Day, according to a website. A credit framework is now in operations which will allow lateral and vertical mobility within the vocational educational system and between current education systems. It defines the rules for credit allotment and follows the National Skills Qualification Framework. Under the framework, skill knowledge providers or trainers will be registered under AICTE or other authorised bodies. When the student completes the skill modules required for the certification level and acquires the credits from the trainer, he/she can submit these credits to the institute, which would transfer them to the technical board or to the university. After this, the certification would be awarded by the university or technical board after assembling together the vocational skill and formal education credits. President Pranab Mukherjee launched the Know Your College portal on the occasion of National Education Day at the same function. This portal aims at increasing the transparency and awareness about the opportunities of higher education. It is developed in favour of the future students to help them make informed choices about pursuing higher education. The ministry launched Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan to connect the country's higher education institutions and develop technical solutions to solve challenges related to education that are faced in rural India. The scholarship named "PRAGATI" was also launched on the same occasion to encourage girls so that they may pursue technical education at undergraduate level.

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