The Karnataka government has issued an order implementing the National Education Policy-2020 with effect from the current academic year 2021-2022. Dr. CN Ashwath Narayana held a meeting with the officials of the department and the state higher education council on his very first day as a higher education minister.
"As a result of this, Karnataka has become the first state in the country to issue an order for the implementation of the NEP-2020," stated Ashwath Narayana.
A single regulator to oversee higher education; fees for public and private institutions; no more MPhil courses before Ph.D.; multiple entries and exit points in degree courses; fixed students can select between three and four-year undergraduate programmes are all part of this policy.
It also seeks to raise the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education, including vocational education, from 26.3 percent in 2018 to 50 percent by 2035, as well as add 3.5 crore new seats to higher education institutions.
The Higher Education Minister, Dr. C N Ashwathnaryana also tweeted the official directive, which stated that the policy would be implemented according to the norms. He went on to say, "Our commitment to this is resolute."
Meera L. B. Aranha, who is a Professor and Chairperson of Banking and Financial Services at T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal has already expressed her support for the policy.
"While the rate of school dropouts is falling, it is still over 17.5 percent at the secondary level, according to statistics. It is also high at the post-secondary level. Due to financial and medical challenges in their families, students are obliged to take a break from their education. Such students will now be able to get a certificate of completion for the number of years they have studied, as well as the option of returning to their studies and picking up where they left off."