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)” organised by the Ministry of Education in association with University Grants Commission(UGC) over a virtual platform and discussed various aspects of NEP 2020, which replaces the National Policy on Education framed in 1986 with academicians and scientists.
Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Education, Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Communications along with Chairman and Members, Committee for Draft NEP participated in the virtual event.
Speakers in the conclave:
UGC Chairman, AICTE Chairman, UGC Secretary, VCs, members of the Committee for Draft NEP and Directors, and Principals from eminent institutes, universities and colleges were the notable speakers in the conclave.
i.In the Sessions dedicated to the significant aspects of education in the new National Education policy 2020 were discussed. The aspects include Holistic, multidisciplinary, futuristic education, quality research and equitable use of technology for better education.
ii.K Kasturirangan, an Indian space scientist, stated that to enable scientific steps to integrate technology in the education system, the National Research Foundation (NRF) will work closely with the National Educational Technology Forum (NETF).
iii.PM Modi stated that the successful implementation of the NEP 2020 requires the contribution of the important stakeholders from the education sector.
New National Education Policy 2020:
i.The new National Education Policy 2020 has been approved after a long and careful consideration and consistent review.
ii.The objective of this new policy is that the education system should ensure that the current and next generation are “future ready”, which will establish a foundation for the 21st century India- New India.
iii.The new policy do not have any kind of favouritism or discrimination.
iv.National Education Policy 2020 shifts focus from what to think to how to think.
v.The policy provides special attention to the dignity of the teachers which emphasises on the teachers training and upskilling.
Features of new NEP 2020:
i.The policy enables concepts like virtual lab to provide better education to the students on the subjects which require lab experiments.
ii.The new policy removed the ‘streams’ in higher education and provided multidisciplinary courses to allow the children to choose the course or degree of their convenience and need and can leave.
iii.This will allow students to change professions throughout their lives for which they can re-skill and up-skill themselves.
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About University Grants Commission (UGC):
Chairman– Prof. D. P. Singh
Location– New Delhi
About Ministry of Education:
Union Minister– Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Minister of State– Sanjay Dhotre