The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities and colleges to create awareness about the new National Education Policy. Earlier, the Union Cabinet cleared the NEP last week. The policy is likely to be presented before the Parliament in its next session for its approval.
The UGC in its letter sent to universities and colleges has asked them to conduct webinars and other online activities to discuss various aspects of the NEP 2020 and its implications with various stakeholders.
“There is a need to create awareness about the NEP 2020 amongst teachers, students, officials, and other stakeholders in the higher education system. In this regard, you are kindly requested to conduct webinars and related online activities to discuss various policy highlights and implications of NEP 2020 with various stakeholders,” the UGC letter reads.
It has suggested the use of various social media platforms like Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, youtube, in the dissemination of the NEP 2020 to reach out to all the stakeholders.
The NEP 2020 has suggested some key changes to reform the higher education sector with all institutions moving towards multidisciplinary education, the establishment of a National Research Foundation (NRF), and creation of a single regulator for all higher education institutions except for law and medicine, for ‘light but tight’ regulatory system. It also envisions increasing the gross enrolment ratio in higher education from the present 26.3% to 50% by 2035.