Academicians and industry experts welcome New Education Policy

industry experts

With the introduction of New Education Policy (NEP) to the nation, the education system in the country will witness fine changes and development in the coming years. Industry experts and academicians have welcomed the ‘New Education Policy’ and have extended their support and views with the change in policies and addition of some new ones. The new policies and amendments made in some, NEP received positive reviews across the nation. The policies were welcomed by PM Modi, Union Ministers, Academicians, industry experts, teachers, students, and all others. The policies have changed after a time period of 34 years. The new policy is meant for include 21st century education from pre-primary to K12. The new reforms will change the face of education of the country in coming days.

Starting from Vice-Chancellors of Universities to principals of various schools and other industry experts, each have shared their views and concerns over the New Education Policy. Here are some of them to check out:

Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University on the New Education Policy 2020 said “The much awaited NEP 2020 is a step in the right direction by the Government of India and will help achieve the mission of Literate India soon. GER of 50% is an important target and all universities must contribute to it. The initiatives announced under NEP 2020 should help achieve this target.”

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She also said “We are happy that the multidisciplinary approach we have been practicing is recognized as the right way to prepare students for challenges in their careers. We are also happy that continuous assessment will be the way to evaluate students, which is something we believe in.”

She also said “The Government-recognized multiple entry and exit options at the Undergraduate level will give more options to the youth. This, supported by an Academic Bank of Credit to digitally store academic credits, will go a long way in providing a favorable environment to students to plan their education. Ashoka has a unique one-year multidisciplinary Young India Fellowship programme that is crafted to offer students a rich postgraduate experience in one year.”

She also said “The NEP also has made a bold move to resolve the binary of research and teaching and the focus on research will foster a strong culture for innovation. This, along with enhancement of digital infrastructure, will match our education system with the requirements of today’s dynamic business and economic environment.”

Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla

Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla said “The draft New Education Policy is a roadmap for ensuring economic development through a robust education system in tune with demands of the industry. The impetus to technology and research and interdisciplinary and multilingual approach is a great enabler to ensure equity in access to education. The elimination of rigid streams in secondary education will ensure that no career option is restricted to students due to subject. The relook at the grading system was the need of the hour to ensure fair and accurate analysis of students’ potential. The revamping of board examination and autonomy to higher educational institutions are welcome measures. While much will hinge on the ground implementation, the draft NEP has made a great start to reform the Indian education system.”

Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur said “We welcome the move made by the Cabinet to rename the HRD ministry to the Education ministry as the role of the department is to further and provide education. Allowing global institutes to set up campuses in India is also a positive move as it will increase competition because it will open up our education system and it will also help sustain high talent in the country as students don’t have to move out to pursue education. Changing the pedagogical structure from a 10+2 system to a 5+3+3+4 system is in line with international educational standards. 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. Overall, the changes have been made according to the global system of education. This will also help attract foreign students to India and help the economy as well.”

Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder at SAI International Education Group and Advisor, Govt. of Odisha said “The much-awaited New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, has got the Cabinet approval today. The document is based on foundational pillars of access, affordability, equity, quality and accountability. With the flexibility for the choice of subject across streams it is aimed at building skills in their subjects of interest. The three language early foundational based learning will improve focus on Indian Classical Languages. Each State is proposed to have a State School Regulatory Authority to monitor the School education.”

Dr.B.Sendilkumar Dean-Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation-Deemed to be University said “New Education Policy is definitely a welcome move in the education sector. This is bound to bring a transformation in the way of teaching and learning for the betterment of the society. Emphasis on critical thinking and more holistic, inquiry-based, discovery-based, discussion-based, and analysis-based learning is the need of the hour in our education system and we would be achieving it by this Policy. The Major reforms of flexibility will turn students to be very skilled and employable. We are moving towards an Education system as said by Socrates “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

Rishabh Khanna, Cognitive Scientist and Founder of Suraasa said “The new Indian National Education Policy, 2020 looks quite progressive and covers a lot of ground when it comes to 21st century teaching and learning needs. The good part is that the policy has come as a plan and not just promise based statements. The difficult part is to jump from the current system to this system and take along millions of stakeholders, many of whom might need to be completely re-trained. In fact teachers will see the biggest change and will have to transform at both content as well as pedagogy level to survive in this new world order.”

Divya Lal, MD of Fliplearn said “The new education policy is a refreshing shift and a bold corrective action in our approach to education in India and we welcome it whole-heartedly. Technology will now play a much bigger role not just in planning and administration, but pedagogy, content, tutelage and assessment; which is both futuristic and transformative to say the least. The increased focus on technology, digital empowerment of schools will encourage institutions to upgrade their technology infrastructure and offerings to more virtual and seamlessly integrated platforms. The virtual platforms/ labs will also bring learning alive for students with emphasis on visual and experiential components than Rote learning. With reduced insularity and greater freedom in students selecting their subjects of choice, the focus will return to holistic learning of all subjects, rather than a bent towards Maths and Sciences. All-in-all, the new education policy is a great step in the right direction and we look forward to the new face of education in India.”

Sahil Agarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Rishihood University said “The new education policy has brought much awaited reforms for a long-term overhaul of the system. In higher education: The college affiliation system which prevented curriculum innovations will be phased out. This will allow industry-linked curriculum and faster modifications based on industry’s needs, therefore helping the students in placements. Flexibility of subjects, credit transfer and multiple entry-exit points will ensure that everyone can complete a college education and learn the subjects of their choice. The students will not be restricted to narrow domains. A common aptitude test for undergraduate admissions will ease off the pressure from students to prepare for multiple exams. The CAT will be designed in a way that most universities can identify the student skill set for admissions from the same test.”

Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, President, Aeris Communications, India said “National Education Policy 2020 brings the much-required remodelling in the Indian Education System with requisite emphasis on technology, digitisation and internship driven vocational training, right at the school level. This restructuring will not only help universalizing education, but will also help recreate the Indian innovation driven mindset producing Leaders and Entrepreneurs.”

Manish Naidu, Founder & CEO, Brainwonders said “It is great to see that National Education Policy 2020 focusses on celebrating the child’s potential early on. We at Brainwonders have catered to several parents and teachers who have used our assessments to unlock the child’s interests and abilities even before they start the school and the results have been nothing short of phenomenal. So the latest national education Policy also supports the vision of a happy child concept. With the updates to the curriculum, pedagogy, and the addition of choices- Indian students gain a significant global edge! We are excited to be a part of this….”

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