CABE considering to create, maintain electronic database of academic records

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New Delhi, June 19(ANI): The 57th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) was held here on Saturday under the Chairmanship of Union Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal.

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari and Vice-Chairperson of CABE Prateek Patel, Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports and Ministers-in-charge of Education from various States/UTs attended the meeting.

The board also has eminent educationists, authors, artists and linguists apart from heads of different autonomous organizations and Secretaries of different departments of the government as its members.

During the meeting, CABE considered the proposal on the draft Higher Education and Research Bill, 2010.

It was clarified that the draft Bill remained the property of the Task Force until it submitted its final proposal to the HRD Ministry.

It also considered the proposal on the proposed National Academic Depository Bill, 2010 for creating and maintaining a national electronic database of academic records and awards at no cost to Central or State Government.

CABE endorsed the proposal which mandates academic institutions - universities, higher educational institutions, CBSE and States Boards of Education to entrust academic awards with authorized Depository to be appointed under the legislation for secure storage, authenticated access, online verification and efficient retrieval while ensuring confidentiality, fidelity and authenticity.

The board unanimously welcomed the steps taken to harmonise the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

It also expressed solidarity in taking proactive steps for ensuring the educational rights of all children.

Recognising the high demand for skill in the country, CABE emphasised the need for a National Vocational Qualification Framework to provide a common reference framework for linking various vocational qualifications and setting common principles and guidelines for a nationally recognised qualification system and standards. (ANI)

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