Higher education: Kerala rushes to keep up with NEP 2020

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Thrissur: Following the push from the University Grants Commission, Kerala is rushing to finalise the recommendations to overhaul the higher education system in the state.

The changes like introduction of four-year undergraduate courses and option to leave the course at the end of each academic year are mandatory to keep up with the New Education Policy of 2020 of the union government. The NAAC certification, funding of the central agencies will depend upon the implementation of these changes.

A meeting of the vice-chancellors will soon submit its recommendations on all categories.

The changes are expected to smoothen the shift of Indian students to foreign universities as well as attract foreign students to the country.

In the first year after the Plus Two, students are entitled to get a certificate for completion of level five. It is level six and seven in the subsequent years. Level seven is equivalent to the current undergraduate degree.

Level eight is a post-graduate diploma. Level nine is PG and level 10 is PhD.

While a group of academicians consider the changes good for the job market, others fear they will enable drop out from the college.

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