It’s time to rejoice as the new education policy is here- to transform the old and traditional patterns, or maybe bringing back some of the traditional ways, to form the true essence of Indian education. The New Education policy was officially launched on 29th July, 2020. The Union Cabinet has successfully approved the policy which aims at overhauling the country’s education system. The announcement was made by the Union Ministers, Prakash Javadekar and Ramesh Pokhriyal on NEP, 2020. The NEP 2020 is focused at making India- a global knowledge super power. The delay was mainly caused due to the coronavirus pandemic, however the policy will be introduced before the new session begins all over India.
The chief highlights of the NEP, 2020 are:
Utilization of school complexes for adult education courses after school hours are over:
there will be proper utilization of the schools or school complexes after school hours, along with public library spaces for adult education courses, mostly equipped with ICT, whenever possible. It may also be taken use of for other community engagement and enrichment activities.
Key focus on vocational education:
The school children will be fully exposed to vocational education, wherein every child will have to enrol in at least one vocation type course. The essential vocational craft may include, carpentry, electric work, metal work, gardening pottery making, etc. which will be decided by States and other local authorities during the time when students are in grades 6-8. Furthermore, the government aims at 50% learners who will be exposed to vocational learning through school by the year 2025. Additionally, a bagless period of about 10 days will be appreciated for students to have a chance of interning with the vocational experts like carpenters, gardeners, artists and so on.
High quality modules for Indian Sign language:
The NIOS will be responsible for the development of high quality modules to teach Indian Sign language few other basic subjects with the help of sign language.
Pre-school section in KV’s:
A section for early childhood education and care will be included to Kendriya Vidyalayas and other primary schools around the nation mainly in disadvantaged areas.
Presence of NCC wings in secondary and higher secondary schools under the Ministry of Defence:
the State government is encouraging the idea of opening up of NCC wings in the secondary and higher secondary schools, with the inclusion of those located in tribal dominated areas.
Free boarding facilities in JNV:
As per the new policy, there will be free boarding facilities according to the standard of Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya for only those students who belong to socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Prompting digital and online learning:
A particular unit will be entirely dedicated to digital learning with proper digital infrastructure, digital content and capacity building in MHRD to cater to the e-education needs of both school and higher education. There will be a presence of a set of recommendations for promotion of online education keeping in view the recent rise in epidemics and pandemics to be prepared for alternative options in delivering quality education- wherever in-person modes of quality education are not really available.
National Scholarship portals for SC, ST, OBC, SEDGs:
The students belonging to SC, ST, OBC, SEDGes will be given incentive based on merit. The national scholarship portal will be expanded to support and track the progress of students that receive any sort of scholarships. The Private HEI’s will be encouraged to offer large no.. of free ships and scholarships to their students.