The approval of the National Education Policy 2020 by the PM Modi led-Union Cabinet has called forth responses from academicians and experts. NEP 2020 is considered as the long-due reform and groundbreaking.
Teaching in mother tongue upto class 5, flexible degree courses, common norms of public and private colleges, single higher education regulator except for law and medical colleges, allowing global institutes to set up campuses in India are some of the major highlights of the new policy.
The Union Cabinet has also renamed the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Ministry of Education.
“I wholeheartedly welcome the approval of the National Education Policy 2020! This was a long due and much awaited reform in the education sector, which will transform millions of lives in the times to come!,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his tweets.
Acknowledging the hard work of those involved in the formulation of NEP 2020, he tweeted, “Framing of NEP 2020 will be remembered as a shining example of participative governance. I thank all those who have worked hard in the formulation of the NEP 2020. May education brighten our nation and lead it to prosperity.”
Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur applauded the move allowing technical institutes to become multi-disciplinary. Prof. Jaiswal said, “Due to the small structure of our IIMs and IITs, despite having ample talent, they were unable to figure in top 100 institutes of the world. Allowing technical institutes to become multi-disciplinary will help IIMs and IITs to start other departments like medical etc and make their size bigger and allow them to admit more students. This will enable them to compete with the elite institutes of the world and become at par with them in the coming years. Diversification makes education more complete and helps increase intellectual outcome.”
Mr.Vinod Tiwari, Regional Mentor of Change(ATL) for Gujarat State, Niti Aayog said, “NEP 2020 is being established keeping in view the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and new skills set requirement. However, it is going to benefit the new generation for dominating global education and helping to make the revolution for new India. We look forward to more guidelines for quick implementation.”
Mr. Abhimanyu Saxena, Co-Founder, InterviewBit & Scaler Academy welcomed the impetus given to holistic learning & employment-focused skill development. He said, “An overhaul of the formal education system has been long awaited, and the timing couldn’t be better with the nation gearing for an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. The impetus given to holistic learning & employment-focused skill development under the revised policy is critical to the creation of an inclusive education system. The fact that the government has acknowledged the importance of coding as an essential skill in a digital first future is reassuring. And the introduction of coding from Class 6 onwards is, therefore, a significant step in the right direction.”
Krishna Kumar, Founder & CEO, Simplilearn termed the National Education Policy 2020 as Forward looking and inclusive. Mr. Kumar said, “Forward looking and inclusive is what best defines the New Education Policy reforms announced by the Ministry of Education. In India where we have all been conditioned to be marks driven, the new policies introduce a fresh perspective of focusing on practical knowledge and skills rather than text book knowledge.”
Talking about multidisciplinary Bachelor’s programme, with multiple exit options, he further added, “the four year – multidisciplinary Bachelor’s programme, with multiple exit options within this period, with appropriate certifications is an added benefit along with the ABC or the Academic Bank of Credit which gives a student the benefit of exploring various undergraduate programs or even taking a break from education without the stigma of tarnishing one’s future.”
When the world is changing every single day, a reform in a 34 years old educational policy that promises the education sector to gear itself towards the demands of the 21st Century, aims to increase investment in education, and the needs of the people and the country will always be a welcome move. However, the reform will only make a difference and give results when it gets translated into action on the ground.