Wait for Credit Transfer Gets Longer
Even a year after the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) asked the Department of Pre-University Education and Karnataka Secondary Education and Examination Board (KSEEB) to adopt the Transfer of Credit (TOC) system for the benefit of unsuccessful candidates, nothing has been done so far.
Officials at NIOS, Bangalore, say they are getting queries about the TOC system. Following this, the NIOS authorities even had a meeting with the director of PUE Department a few weeks ago to discuss the proposal. “We are getting at least three queries about TOC every day,” said an official.
Speaking to Express, NIOS regional director S Chandrasekhar said, “The PUE Department officials had some queries and we tried to clarify them at the meeting. We are hopeful of a positive result.”
As per information available, over 27 different boards/departments across the country have adopted Transfer of Credit system for the benefit of students who cannot pass the exams in their first attempt. These include Karnataka Open School, Mysore (operated by JSS group), Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE), Delhi, and the state boards of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
According to NIOS officials, thousands of students are being benefitted by the TOC. “It is a programme by the Union government to help unsuccessful candidates in board exams. Instead of making them wait for almost eight months to appear for the next examination, they can appear through NIOS if the boards adopt TOC,” says Chandrasekhar.
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