Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in a written reply in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session deliberated on the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) approved by the Union Cabinet on July 29 aimed bringing about 'transformational reforms' in school and higher education systems in India replacing the 34-your-old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986 while asserting that there will be 'no change' in the existing reservation policy and norms under NEP 2020.
Stating that the NEP 2020 has been finalised after detailed consultation process with all stakeholders including State/UT Governments vis-à-vis the implementation of NEP 2020 in letter and spirit, the Education Minister in a written reply said "The Ministry of Education is organising 'ShikshakParv' from 8th September to 25th September, 2020 to deliberate on various themes and implementation of NEP 2020 aimed at eliciting suggestions. It has also organised a Conference of Governors on "Role of National Education Policy in Transforming Higher Education" where Governors and Lt. Governors of State and Union Territories, Education Minister of State and UTs, Vice Chancellors of State Universities and other dignitaries participated," as reported by PIB.
Improving Quality of Education
Detailing about the improving the quality of education across all levels - primary to university level Ramesh Pokhriyal, as reported by PIB, in a reply said ,"Several initiatives are currently being undertaken in this direction. The SamagraShiksha, an integral scheme for School Education as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme is being implemented and aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels of school education."
"It envisages the 'school' as a continuum from pre-school, primary, upper primary, secondary to senior secondary levels. In higher education also, various schemes namely, RashtriyaUchchatarShikshaAbhiyan (RUSA), Scheme for promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN), Impacting Research, Innovation & Technology (IMPRINT), Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM), National Digital Library, campus connect programme, UchhatarAvishkarAbhiyan, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Impactful Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS), Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) are being implemented to improve the quality of higher education," the Education Minister further stated in the reply in Lok Sabha adding that numerous initiatives are also undertaken by UGC and AICTE for improving quality in higher and technical education.
NISHTHA Programme For School Heads, Teachers
Touching on the subject of NISHTHA - an integrated teacher training programme aimed at building the capabilities of approximately 42 lakh heads of schools and teachers and, faculty members of SCERTs, DIETs and Block and Cluster Resource Coordinators, the Union HRD Minister in a written statement said, "A total of 23,137 Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resource Persons (SRPs) and 16,99,931 School Heads and Teachers have been trained under NISTHA in 2019-20. In 2020-21, it has been decided to launch NISHTHA - Phase II at the secondary level. Due to COVID - 19 situation NISHTHA Online has been created by customizing Modules for Online delivery."
Digital Education And Research Under NEP 2020
The Education Minister also made a reference to comprehensive initiatives launched concerning digital/online/on-air education such as PM eVIDYA, DIKSHA, ShikshaVani, etc. to help millions of school going children gain access to learning besides mentioning about the Fit India Movement campaigns such as Fit India School Certification system and Fit India School Week programmes being rolled out to enhance the fitness bar of children and improving the infrastructure in schools for sports/fitness activities.
The Union Minister for HRD also stressed on promoting academic research in all areas under the New Education Policy in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. "According to the NEP 2020, faculty will have the autonomy to innovate on matters of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment within a broad framework of higher education qualifications that ensures consistency across institutions and programmes and across the ODL, online, and traditional 'in-class' modes," the written statement read according to PIB.