HRD Ministry New Education Policy 2020
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved to the new National Education Policy (NEP). Current and former HRD Ministers jointly held a press conference on the same. Making the announcement, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said there would be a single regulator for all higher education institutions and MPhil would be discontinued.
The NEP was drafted in 1986 and updated in 1992. The NEP was part of the election manifesto of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) ahead of the 2014 elections. The committee which suggested changes in the education system under the NEP was headed by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan.
Several changes are likely to be made ahead for the Indian education system. A National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) would be created in a bid to ramp up digital learning. Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare said, “E-courses will be developed in eight regional languages initially and virtual labs will be developed.”
There are over 45,000 affiliated colleges in India. Now the Standalone Higher Education Institutes and professional education institutes will be evolved into multi-disciplinary education. Under Graded Autonomy, Academic, Administrative and Financial Autonomy will be given to colleges, on the basis of the status of their accreditation.
Top 100 foreign colleges will be allowed to set-up campuses in India. According to the HRD Ministry document, listing salient features of policy, “such (foreign) universities will be given special dispensation regarding regulatory, governance, and content norms on par with other autonomous institutions of India.”