New Education Policy 2020 was approved by the Union Cabinet on 29th July 2020. NEP is looked upon with the goal of bringing a new age in the education sector and to support India’s aspirations to become a global superpower. The new education policy has made several changes starting at school level right up to higher education. The policy focus to bring about a pedagogical restructuring in the school education from current 10+2 to 5+3+3+4 structure to having a single regulator for higher education. The policy also lays a lot of importance for imparting education in mother tongue until Class 5 and also proposes that no rigid separation between academic streams of Science and Arts as well as the vocational and regular courses at both school as well as higher education level. The policy is made by an expert committee lead by academician K Kasturirangan in detail discussion and consultation with various stakeholders.
NEP Key Points for School Education
* Integration of Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE).
*National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy.
*Restructuring to Pedagogical Structure of 5 + 3 + 3 + 4.
*Multidisciplinary Course curriculum.
*Curriculum to Integrate 21st Century Skills – Mathematical Thinking and Scientific Temper.
*No rigid difference between Curricular and Extra Curricular Activities
*No separation for Vocational & Academic Streams.
* Special attention in identification of Gifted Children and their grooming.
*Kasturba Gandhi Vidhyalayas to be upgraded to Class 12.
*Project-based and experimental learning.
*Vocational training to start from 6th Class onwards.
*Internships to be merged as part of vocational training.
New Education Policy 2020 : Key points for Higher Education System.
* Multiple Entry and Exit options for Students
* UG Programmes from 3rd to 4th Year.
* PG Programme can be choiced for 1st / 2nd Year.
* Integrated 5 Year Bachelor’s Programme.
* MPhil Programme to be Discontinued
* Single Regulator for Higher Education – MERU (Modal Multidisciplinary Education & Research University)
*Credit Transfer for Students
*Academic Bank of Credits to be Created
*Autonomy to Higher Education as per their NAAC Accreditation.
An official announcement about the key highlights and other details of the decision will be made by today evening by the Ministry. As per the statement issued by the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the NEP 2020 i.e. New Education Policy has been designed by an expert panel after taking into considering the contemporary issues and future challenges that India’s education domain faces. He added that the new policy would resolve these issues and also help the youth take up higher education more easily.
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