New Education Policy 2020: On 29th July 2020 Wednesday, the Union Cabinet cleared a new National Education Policy (NEP) proposing sweeping changes in school and higher education. A look at the takeaways, and their implications for students and institutions of learning:
What purpose does an NEP serve?
An NEP is a comprehensive framework to guide the development of education in the country. The need for a policy was first felt in 1964 when Congress MP Siddheshwar Prasad criticised the then government for lacking a vision and philosophy for education. The same year, a 17-member Education Commission, headed by then UGC Chairperson D S Kothari, was constituted to draft a national and coordinated policy on education. Based on the suggestions of this Commission, Parliament passed the first education policy in 1968.
A new NEP usually comes along every few decades. India has had three to date. The first came in 1968 and the second in 1986, under Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi respectively; the NEP of 1986 was revised in 1992 when P V Narasimha Rao was Prime Minister. The third is the NEP released Wednesday 29th July 2020, under the Prime Ministership of Narendra Modi.
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Key points of New Education Policy 2020
- 10+2 board structure is dropped
- New school structure will be 5+3+3+4
- Upto 5 Pre-school, 6 to 8 Mid School, 8 to 11 High School and 12 onwards Graduation
- Any Degree will be 4 years
- 6th std onwards vocational courses available
- From 8th to 11 students can choose subjects
- All graduation course will have major and minor Example – science student can have Physics as Major and Music as minor also. Any combination he can choose.
- All higher education will be governed by only one authority.
- UGC AICTE will be merged.
- All University government, private, Open, Deemed, Vocational etc will have same grading and other rules.
- New Teacher Training board will be setup for all kinds of teachers in country, no state can change
- Same level of Accreditation to any collage , based on its rating collage will get autonomous rights and funds.
- New Basic learning program will be created by government for parents to teach children upto 3 years in home and for Pre-school 3 to 6
- Multiple entry and exit from any course
- Credit system for graduation for each year student will get some credits which he can utilize if he takes break in course and come back again to complete course
- All schools exams will be semester wise twise a year
- The syllabus will be reduced to core knowledge of any subject only
- More focus on student practical and application knowledge
- For any graduation course if student complete only one year he will get a basic certificate, if he complete two years then he will get Diploma certificate and if he complete full course then he will get degree certificate. So no year of any student will be wasted if he break the course in between.
- All the graduation course feed of all Universities will be governed by single authority with capping on each course. Now we can hope our education system will be at par with modern countries and future of our children will be bright.
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PM Narendra Modi Speech on New Education Policy 2020
New Delhi 07 AUG 2020: Addressing a conclave on ‘Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said the new National Education Policy (NEP) will be the foundation of the new India. At the conclave aimed to discuss several new initiatives introduced under the recently launched NEP, the prime minister asked all stakeholders to discuss the ways to implement the new policy.
PM Modi said that through NEP, India will transform its students into global citizens who are rooted in their values. “In recent years, there have not been major changes in education and thus the values of curiosity and imagination were not given the thrust. Instead, we moved towards a herd community. The mapping of interest, ability, and demand was needed. We need to develop critical thinking and innovative thinking abilities in our youths. It will be possible if we have purpose, philosophy, and passion of education,” he added.
Read full detail on official website National Education Policy 2020
At the conclave, Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched UGC’s guidelines to offer internship-embedded degree programmes. These courses are also part of the recommendations of NEP. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, former ISRO chief, who also headed the committee which drafted the NEP, and vice-chancellors of several universities. The new policy proposed sweeping changes in school and higher education.
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