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Ministry of Education Organises Two-day Conclave on ‘School Education in 21st Century’

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School-Education-in-21st-Century-under-Shikshak-Parv-initiativeThe Ministry of Education organised a two-day conclave on the topic ‘School Education in the 21st Century’ under the Shikshak Parv Initiative on 10th & 11th September, 2020.

Participants of the Conclave:

Expert Practitioners held discussions in the two days’ conclave to give clear explanations on important themes of NEP for school education. Suggestions received on MyGov will also be shared in the conclave.   National Awardee teachers and other creative teachers will be a part of this conclave.

Officials Present for the conclave:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the conclave virtually on 11th September, 2020 in the presence of Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of State (MoS) for Education, Sanjay Dhotre, Secretary to Department of Higher Education, Amit Khare, Secretary to Department of School Education and Literacy Anita Karwal. 

Topics of Discussion:

During the conclave, discussions were held on six major topics by experts of New Education Policy (NEP). The topics discussed during the conclave include:

  •      Subject of ‘Foundational Literacy and Numeracy’
  •      Subject ‘Art Integrated and Toy Integrated Pedagogy’
  •      Subject of ‘Promotion of Indian Languages’
  •      Subject of ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’
  •      Subject of ‘Holistic Progress Card’
  •      Subject of ‘No Hard Seperation’

Foundational Literacy and Numeracy

Discussed about the need of competency based learning instead of rote learning. Also  need of learning enhancement programs and third party assessment of foundational skills.

Art Integrated and Toy Integrated Pedagogy

New National Educational Policy, (NEP) 2020 stresses the need for holistic, integrated, enjoyable, experiential and engaging learning.learning. Experiential learning will be adopted, including art sintegrated based pedagogy, among others, as standard pedagogy within each subject, and with explorations of relations among different subjects.

Promotion of Indian Languages:

i.The New Education Policy, 2020 (NEP) provides for promotion of Indian Languages use, preparation of pedagogy, training of teachers and adoption of mother tongue as medium of instruction. NEP also focuses on the importance of Mother Tongue and stress on use of home languages.

Holistic Progress Card:

i.The main idea behind the Holistic Progress Card is to develop good human beings capable of rational thought and action, possessing compassion and empathy, courage and resilience, scientific temper and creative imagination with ethics and values.

Early Childhood Care and Education(ECCE):

Impact of early learning, socialisation in preschool on educational and behavioural outcomes in the primary stages were discussed. 

No Hard Seperation:

No separation in subject study, curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular, vocational and academic streams. It promotes multilingualism, critical thinking and life skills. 

Key Points from Prime Minister’s Address:

i.Around 1.5 million suggestions received from teachers across the country for the implementation of the NEP.

National Mission:

i.Focus of the NEP is on foundational education, and Foundational Literacy and numeracy to be taken as National Mission. 

ii.The Prime Minister laid down a goal for Children of the nation in Oral Reading Fluency. This will help in understanding the content of subjects with ease.

Core of New Age Learning:

i.The Core of the new age learning is Engage, Explore, Experience, Express and Excel

ii.National Curriculum Framework to be developed to make learning integrated, interdisciplinary, and fun based.

21st Century Skills

i.The 21st Century skills are Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Curiosity and Communication

ii.Students should learn coding from a young age, understand Artificial Intelligence, join Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Data Science and Robotics to excel in the 21st century world.


i.New National Assessment Center “Parakh” to be established for improvement of the evaluation system.

Other Key Points:

i.NEP is in line with the Sustainable Development Agenda-2030 set by the United Nations. NEP 2020 is built on fundamental pillars of access, equity, quality, affordability and accountability.

Shikshak Parv:

i.Shikshak Parv to be celebrated from 8th September- 25th September, 2020.

ii.Various Webinars, Virtual Conferences, and Conclaves on various aspects of National Education Policy 2020 will be organized across the country to take forward NEP 2020.

Click here of complete detail of  National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 

Recent Related News:

i.On 28th July 2020, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ Union Minister for Human Resource Development(HRD) launched the compilation India Report – Digital Education June 2020 prepared by the Digital Education Division of MHRD in consultation with Education Departments of States and UTs.

ii.On 7th August 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the “Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy(NEP)”

About Ministry of Education (formerly known as Ministry of Human Resource Development):
Union Minister – Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Headquarters – New Delhi