It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e. when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man. It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin of, the other.

Indian nationalism has struck a different path. It wants to organize itself or to find full self-expression for the benefit and service of humanity at large … God having cast my lot in the midst of the people of India, I should be untrue to my Maker if I failed to serve them. If I do not know how to serve them I shall never know how to serve humanity. And I cannot possibly go wrong so long as I do not harm other nations in the act of serving my country.

Mahatma Gandhi (Young India, 18 June 1925, p211)

NON-COOPERATION WITH EVIL IS AS MUCH A DUTY AS IS COOPERATION WITH GOOD (GANDHI)

NON-COOPERATION WITH EVIL IS AS MUCH A DUTY AS IS COOPERATION WITH GOOD (GANDHI)

ALL TRUTH PASSES THROUGH THREE STAGES; FIRST, IT IS RIDICULED, SECOND, IT IS VIOLENTLY OPPOSED, THIRD, IT IS ACCEPTED AS BEING SELF-EVIDENT. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I WILL TELL YOU ONE THING FOR SURE. ONCE YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING THINGS FOR TRUTH'S SAKE, THEN NOBODY CAN EVER TOUCH YOU AGAIN BECAUSE YOU ARE HARMONIZING WITH A GREATER POWER. (George Harrison)

THE WORLD ALWAYS INVISIBLY AND DANGEROUSLY REVOLVES AROUND PHILOSOPHERS (Nietzsche)

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

India's New National Education Policy 2020


July 30, 2020

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved India’s new National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), which is anticipated to bring major reforms in higher education. This will increasingly focus on non-academic skills appreciating language diversity and course fluidity.

On the occasion a proposal to rename the Ministry of Human Resource Development as the Ministry of Education was also approved.

Through the new policy the Government of India aims for 100% youth and adult literacy in India.

Below is all you need to know about India’s National Education Policy 2020.

They have been granted infrastructure support and innovative education centres to bring back dropouts into the mainstream. They could track the students and their learning levels, in an attempt to boost their performance.

The NEP 2020 facilitates learning of classes 3, 5 and 8 through NIOS and State Open Schools. In addition to this, secondary education programs comparable to Grades 10 and 12, vocational courses, adult literacy and life-enrichment programs are also circulated.

NEP 2020 hopes of bringing back about 2 crore out of school children into the mainstream.

Early Childhood Care and Education

NEP replaces the prominent 10+2 structure of school curricula with a 5+3+3+4 curricular structure corresponding to ages 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18.

NCERT will formulate framework for an early childhood education of children up to the age of 8.

Attaining Foundational Literacy and Numeracy

MHRD will set up a National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy. All states are obliged to prepare an implementation plan. A National Book Promotion Policy will also be developed.

Reforms in School Curricula and Pedagogy

The school curricula and pedagogy will aim for holistic education of learners. The key 21st century skills will be emphasized and essential learning, critical thinking and experiential learning will be enhanced.

Students can make flexible choices of subjects they want to learn, as all rigid separations between arts and sciences, curricular and extra-curricular, and even vocational and academic streams will not be considered.

Schools can start vocational education from the 6th grade, these could include internships.

Multilingualism and the Power of Language

The NEP 2020 supports mother tongue/local language/regional language as the medium atleast till Grade 5.

Sanskrit to be offered as an option for students, at all levels. No language will be enforced on any student. They are allowed to choose from foreign languages right from the secondary level.

Assessment Reforms

With NEP 2020, school examinations will be conducted in Grades 3, 5, and 8. And board exams for Grades 10 and 12 will be kept going, while being redesigned with holistic development as the aim.

A different National Assessment Centre, PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development), will be established to serve as a standard-setting body.

Equitable and Inclusive Education

NEP 2020 provides for the children with disabilities to participate in the regular schooling. They demand educators, resource centres, accommodations to be supportive.

Higher Education

Increase GER to 50% by 2035

NEP 2020 strives to heighten the Gross Enrollment Ratio in higher education from 26.3% (2018) to 50% by 2035. They plan on adding more than 3.5 crore new seats to higher education institutions.

Holistic Multidisciplinary Education

The policy intends to provide education with flexible curricula and creative combinations of subjects, with appropriate certification.

Academic Bank of Credit

An Academic Bank of Credit is going to be established for digitally stocking all academic merits earned from different institutes, mainly to let these be transferred and tallied with the final degree earned.

Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities

Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities (MERUs), at par with IITs, IIMs, to be set up.

National Research Foundation

The National Research Foundation will be an apex body for nurturing a prevalent research culture across higher education.

Regulation

Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) will monitor the entire higher education, except medical and legal education.

Rationalized Institutional Architecture

The institutions to be established now can range from Research-intensive universities to teaching-intensive universities and autonomous degree-granting colleges. Affiliation of colleges is to be phased out in 15 years and a stage-wise mechanism is to be established for granting graded autonomy to colleges.

Financial support for students

Students belonging to SC, ST, OBC, and other SEDGs will be supported by The National Scholarship Portal.

Open and Distance Learning

This could play a significant role in increasing GER. Hence the online courses and other digital repositories, shall be evaluated to match the highest quality. Measures such as online courses and digital repositories, funding for research, improved student services, credit-based recognition of MOOCs, etc, will be taken to ensure it is at par with the highest quality in-class programmes.

Online and Digital Education

A dedicated unit for the building of digital infrastructure, digital content and capacity building will be created in the MHRD to look after the educational needs of both school and higher education.

Technology in Education

The National Educational Technology Forum (NETF), will be established to deliver a platform for the free exchange of ideas concerned with the use of technology to enhance learning.

Promotion of Indian Languages

The Indian Institute of Translation and Interpretation (IITI) will facilitate the use of Indian languages. The National Institute (or Institutes) for Pali, Persian and Prakrit, HEIs for strengthening of Sanskrit will be established.

Professional Education

All stand-alone technical universities, health science universities, legal and agricultural universities etc now will be transformed into multi-disciplinary institutions.

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