New Delhi, 16 May 2022: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has requested all colleges and universities to implement the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) on an urgent basis and listed down steps that need to be followed by the institutions. The commission, in association with the Ministry of Education, had introduced the University Grants Commission (Establishment and Operation of Academic Bank of Credits in Higher Education) Regulations on July 28, 2021.
- As per National Education Policy 2020, the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) has been designed to facilitate the academic mobility of students with the freedom to study across Higher Education Institutions in the country with an appropriate “credit transfer” mechanism from one program to another, leading to the attainment of a Degree/Diploma/PG-diploma, etc.
- The Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) platform has been developed by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) of the Ministry of Electronics and lnformation Technology (MeitY) under the DigiLocker framework, with the facility/functionality of opening academic accounts by the students and on-boarding of Higher Educational Institutions (HEls).
Table of Contents
- Academic Bank of Credits – Overview
- Academic Bank of Credits – Benefits
- Academic Bank of Credits – Steps to be Followed
- Academic Bank of Credits – Eligibility Criteria
- Academic Bank of Credits – List of Higher Education Institutions Onboarded
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Academic Bank of Credits – Overview
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Academic Bank of Credits – Benefits
- Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) aims to digitally store the academic credits earned by students from HEls registered with ABC, for awarding degrees, diploma, and certificates taking into account credits earned by students.
- ABC also intends to ensure the opening, closing, and validation of the Academic Bank of Accounts, verification, accumulation, and transfer or redemption for students.
- ABC will also help students to choose their own learning path to attain a degree, diploma, or certificate as it works on the principle of multiple entry-multiple exits at any level of learning.
Academic Bank of Credits – Steps to be Followed
To enhance the reach of the ABC program, all higher educational institutions are requested to take action on the following on an urgent basis:
- The institutions need to register on the official website of ABC.
- Then, they need to upload data of student credits obtained during or after the academic year 2021-22.
- The institutions need to make the students aware of the ABC facility and encourage and hand-hold them to open Academic Bank accounts on the ABC portal.
- The institution also needs to create a hyperlink of the ABC URL on its respective website’s home page.
- They also need to depute nodal officers for implementing ABC and reflecting their details on their websites.
- Higher Educational institutions may insist their students fill up their ABC IDs on all examination forms.
- While registering, institutions and the students can refer to the user manual.
- For any further information, students can contact the ABC cell of UGC at 011-24116316 & email@example.com.
Academic Bank of Credits – Eligibility Criteria
The following institutions and students belonging to the respective institutions are eligible:
- All universities in India that are established or incorporated by or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State Act
- Deemed-to-be universities that are declared as such under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956)
- Autonomous colleges and the institutions of national importance as declared by the Government of India and specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer or grant degrees.
Academic Bank of Credits – List of Higher Education Institutions Onboarded
- National Institution of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh
- OP Jindal Global University
- Chandigarh University
- Lovely Professional University
- Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences
- Symbiosis International Deemed University
- Guru Nanak Dev University
- University of Mumbai
- Jamia Millia Islamia
- Tezpur University
- Bharati Vidyapeeth
- Mizoram University
- Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Viswavidhyalaya
- The English and Foreign Languages University
- Central University of Punjab
- University of Hyderabad
- Vellore Institute of Technology
- Jawaharlal Nehru University
- Indira Gandhi National Open University
- University of Delhi
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who developed the Academic Bank of Credits?
The National e-Governance Division (NeGD) of the Ministry of Electronics and lnformation Technology (MeitY) developed the ABC system.
What are the main features of the Academic Bank of Credits system?
It allows academic institutions to lodge and maintain the integrity of the credits. It also maintains the authenticity and confidentiality of student credits, helps in easy credit transfer through digital mode, and facilitates faster credit recognition.
When will the facility of ABC be applicable?
Credits obtained by undertaking courses in registered HEIs during or after the academic year 2021-2022 are eligible for academic bank of credits.
How can I sign up on the Academic Bank of Credits portal?
Students can register by logging in at www.abc.gov.in.