Agnipath: Education Ministry launches special course for “Agniveers”


New Delhi: The Ministry of Education on Monday announced a three year skill based bachelor degree programme special course that will allow serving defence personnel to pursue civilian careers of their choice. The course is designed by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). 

The decision has been taken in the view of enhancing the future career prospects of the “Agniveers”, and equip them for various job roles. Candidates who will be shortlisted under recruitment scheme for Indian youth to serve in the Armed Forces called Agnipath will be known as Agniveer.

Under this programme, 50 per cent of the credits required for a graduate degree will come from the skill training – both technical and non-technical – received by the Agniveer. Meawnhile, the remaining 50 per cent will come from a basket of courses that cover a wide variety of subjects like languages, Economics, History, Political Science, etc. 

This programme is aligned with University Grant Commission norms and with the National Credit Framework / National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) as mandated under the National Education Policy 2020. 

It also has provision for multiple exit points – Undergraduate Certificate on successful completion of the first year courses, Undergraduate Diploma on successful completion of the first and second year courses, and Degree on completion of all the courses in three year time frame.

The framework of the programme has been duly recognised by the concerned regulatory bodies –  All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) and UGC. Degree will be awarded by IGNOU as per UGC nomenclature (BA; B. Com.; BA (vocational); BA (Tourism Management), and will be recognized both in India and abroad for employment and education.

Army, Navy and Air Force will sign  Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with IGNOU for implementation of the scheme. 

first published:June 15, 2022, 6:41 p.m.

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