UGC Introduces Life Skills Curriculum Aligned With NEP 2020, Check Details

UGC Introduces Life Skills Curriculum Aligned With NEP 2020, Check Details

Last Updated May - 29 - 2024, 05:12 PM | Source : NDTV | Visitors : 34

Discover UGC's Life Skills 2.0 (Jeevan Kaushal) curriculum aimed at enhancing undergraduate students' personal, social, and professional development under NEP 2
UGC Introduces Life Skills Curriculum Aligned With NEP 2020, Check Details

According to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which places a strong emphasis on teaching students essential life skills for their overall growth, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the Life Skills 2.0 (Jeevan Kaushal) curriculum and guidelines for undergraduate students.

The goal of this programme is to assist students in realising their full potential and developing into civically engaged adults.

Four courses comprised the UGC 2019 life skills curriculum: Universal Human Values, Professional Skills, Leadership and Management Skills, and Communication Skills.

To further enhance this curriculum, UGC has introduced new modules such as Digital Literacy and Social Media, Digital Ethics and Cyber Security, Verbal and Non-verbal Communication, Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills, Managing Personal Finance, and Constitutional Values, Justice, and Human Rights.

Recognising the unique contexts of different Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), the new curriculum is designed to be adaptable. It outlines the objectives, learning outcomes, and activities for each course in a learner-centric manner. The practical approach of the curriculum includes methods like role-playing, audio-video creation, individual and group activities, case studies, demonstrations, observations, and e-learning links.

The curriculum classifies life skills into three basic categories that complement, supplement, and reinforce each other:

Social or Interpersonal Skills: Communication, Assertiveness, Cooperation, and Empathy.
Creative/Thinking Skills: Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Decision-Making, and Self-Awareness.
Emotional Skills: Managing Stress and Emotions, and Resisting Peer Pressure.

Broadly, life skills are categorised into four areas:

  • Communication Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • Universal Human Values

These skills are essential for success in personal, social, and professional life, enriched with Universal Human and Constitutional Values, Justice, and Human Rights.

Note For Faculty Members


The four Life Skills (Jeevan Kaushal) courses are designed to ensure that graduate learners can handle their personal, interpersonal, and professional lives holistically, regardless of their discipline. Each course carries 2 credits, totaling 8 credits for the entire range of courses.

These courses are equivalent to ‘foundational courses’ and are offered across disciplines.

Learners must comply with the credit requirements for each course, whether taken as independent 2-credit courses in individual semesters or in groups of two. Credit loads for these courses shall not exceed 4 in a single semester (i.e., two courses at a time).

These courses should be taught by faculty members with appropriate credentials and aptitude for imparting the skills. HEIs must arrange to hire qualified faculty members.

The courses can be taught online and in person, ensuring learners have the right opportunities and environments to acquire the skills.

Click here to learn more about the curriculum and guidelines for Life Skills (Jeevan Kaushal) 2.0.

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