Nagaland Department of Higher Education to Introduce Choice-Based Credit System

Dimapur: The Nagaland Department of Higher Education will introduce a Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) in all affiliated higher education institutes in the state from this academic session.

In its presentation at departmental review meetings with senior and technical departments at the Chief Secretary’s Office in Kohima on Saturday, the department said that the CBCS consists of credit-based courses such as discipline majors and minors, interdisciplinary majors and minors, vocational or skills courses, project work in community engagement and service, environmental education, and values-based education.

Stating that there are 15 public colleges in Nagaland, which produce about 7000 graduates every year, the department said that it had prepared the concept note on the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in the state institutes of higher education and submitted it to the Union Ministry of Education.

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The department also highlighted plans to introduce new programs and courses such as food processing technology, pharmacy degree, tourism, etc. in polytechnics in order to diversify educational opportunities and improve the employability of young people.

The Department of Technical Education informed that there are seven functional polytechnics in the state with an enrollment of 742 students in 2021-2022 benefiting from various technical and vocational education and training courses.

The department said it screened and appointed 549 candidates to study medical and related, engineering, and agricultural and related courses solely on the basis of merit through the state entrance examination. NEET, JEE Mains and Nagaland during the 2021-22 academic session.

In his address, Chief Secretary J Alam said the departmental review meetings were held to review the functioning, programs and issues of the department, as well as plans for better functioning of the machinery of government. of State.

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Alam said the mode of operation of higher education and technical education departments is different from other government departments. He added that the people expect the two departments to come up with new innovative ideas and bring about positive changes in the state education system.

He also said that the National Education Policy 2020 should be properly understood and called for its successful implementation in the state.

The two departments highlighted the implementation of various government programs and also discussed the issues they face.