New education policy

The long-awaited National Education Policy is finally here! India needed an upgrade from the present degraded education system which is not only hampering the growth of the Indian society but also exploiting the young minds from the past few decades.

The objective of the New National Education policy is to ensure quality and skilled education from 2020-2040.

New education policy will be based on elementary to a college education. It was first introduced by Indira Gandhi in 1968 and secondly by Rajeev Gandhi in 1986.New education policy

“The education policy will be India-centric and so solid and strong that it will prove to be the cornerstone in building a new India”, union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank said while addressing to the Students of Lovely Professional University on Wednesday (November 6, 2019). NEP is being implemented after the gap of 33 years.

“We are at present engaged in the world’s biggest exercise of gathering feedback and suggestions from all the stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, the common man, politicians, scientists, NGOs, governments before finalising the draft of the new education policy,” he said.

They received about two lakh suggestions from people all over India. There is a positive attitude towards the new education policy among the people and all the suggestions are sure to be taken into consideration.

The world will look up to us and we will invite them to join us in our vision for giving a new direction. India possesses ‘gyan, vigyan, anusandhan, vichar, sanskar’ (knowledge, science, research, ideas and tradition),” he said.

Pokhriyal who wrote several books, narrated the struggles of his childhood in front of the students to inspire them to work harder in life. He used to walk 16 km, which included a wild trip to forest on the way to his school. His village didn’t have the privilege of having electricity connection.

He further motivated the students to take further steps fearlessly in life.

“Now India is no longer a country sitting in the far corner, but it is at the centre stage and the whole world looks up to us,” Pokhriyal said.

He distributed Rs 4.01 crore to 295 scholars sponsored by LPU so that they can study in top-notch colleges of India.

Key points

  • NEP was formed in 2017 under the supervision of Dr K. Kasturi Ranjan
  • A vision to ensure quality education from 2020-2040 
  • The objective of this policy is to gain equity, access, quality and affordability 
  • Development of young minds is also taken into consideration 
  • The courses are designed in such a way that suits the developing stage of the child 
  • Semester system will be introduced 
  • Reduced syllabus
  • The school structure is to be re-designed 
  • B.Ed. compulsory for all the teachers (four-year integrated programme) 
  • The government will be keeping an eye on the public as well as private institutions.
  • The upcoming curriculum will be skill-based, according to the demands of the 21st century, aiming to educate the students with the necessary skills to reduce the manpower shortage
  • The child is supposed to be taught in the mother tongue up to 5th grade.