The Union Department of Education said on Wednesday it would consider recruit training (Agniveers) received under the new Agnipath recruitment model for short-term induction into the armed forces as credits for undergraduate programs to help them pursue civilian careers.
The Cabinet Committee on Security on Tuesday cleared the Agnipath scheme to recruit staff for four years with a provision to keep 25% of them in the regular cadre for another 15 years after another round of selections.
The ministry said the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer special three-year competency-based bachelor programs for personnel recognizing the training received during their tenures in the armed forces.
The Army, Navy and Air Force will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with IGNOU for the implementation of the program. Under this program, 50% of the credits required for a degree will be based on the professional training – both technical and non-technical – that Agniveers will receive. “And the remaining 50% will come from a basket of courses covering a wide variety of subjects such as languages, economics, history, political science, public administration, sociology, mathematics, education , trade, tourism, vocational studies, agriculture and Jyotish, as well as capacity building courses on environmental studies and English communication skills,” the ministry said in a statement.
The programs are aligned with University Grants Commission (UGC) standards and the National Credit Framework/National Skills Qualifications Framework mandated by the National Education Policy 2020. “It also provides multiple exit points – Certificate of undergraduate upon successful completion of the first one-year course, undergraduate degree upon completion of the first and second year courses, and diploma upon completion of all courses within three years,” the ministry said. in a press release.
Regulatory bodies including All India Council for Technical Education, National Vocational Education and Training Council and UGC have recognized the framework. The ministry said the degrees will be awarded according to UGC nomenclature and will be recognized in India as well as abroad.