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The Committee for Draft National Education Policy, chaired by Dr K Kasturirangan, submitted its report on May 31, 2019.

Here are the key takeaways:

• The draft was prepared by the 11-member committee headed by eminent scientist Dr K. Kasturirangan through consultation with various stakeholders for almost two years

• The National Education Policy-2019 envisions an India-centred education system that contributes directly to transforming our nation sustainably into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing high-quality education to all

• The draft policy is divided into four parts namely, School Education, Higher Education, Additional Key Focus Areas (technology, vocation, adult & language education) and Transforming Education (Rashtriya Shiksha Ayog)

• Unlike earlier policies, the policy does not start with the focus on 6 to 14 but gives utmost importance to “Access for children aged 3 - 8 years to a flexible, multifaceted, multilevel, play-based and activity-based education”

• The mandate of the NCERT will be expanded to include the development of a Curricular and Pedagogical Framework for Early Childhood Education

• A prestigious National Tutors Programme will be instituted across the country to enable high-quality peer tutoring among students

• Restructuring school curriculum and pedagogy in a new 5+3+3+4 design: 5 years of the Foundational Stage: 3 years of pre-primary school and Grades 1, 2. 3 years of the Preparatory (or Latter Primary) Stage: Grades 3, 4, 5. 3 years of the Middle (or Upper Primary) Stage: Grades 6, 7, 8. 4 years of the High (or Secondary) Stage: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

• Students will be given increased flexibility and choice of subjects to study across the arts, humanities, sciences, sports, and vocational subjects; no hard separation between ‘arts’ and ‘science’ streams, or between ‘academic’ and ‘vocational’ streams

• Special Education Zones will be set up in disadvantaged regions across the country

• Higher education will happen in multidisciplinary institutions with teaching programmes across disciplines and fields to ensure optimised resources, integration across disciplines and vibrant, large education communities

• A liberal and broad-based undergraduate education will be accompanied by rigorous specialisation in chosen disciplines or fields in order to develop deeper expertise in one or more subjects

• Masters, doctoral, professional and vocational programmes will also be significantly enhanced by being located in vibrant multidisciplinary institutions, by the breaking of silos, and via the overall liberal education approach

• A new National Research Foundation will be set up through an Act of Parliament, as an autonomous body of the Government of India, to fund, mentor, incentivise, and build capacity for quality research across the country in all disciplines, primarily at universities and colleges, both public and private

• All teacher education will happen in multidisciplinary institutions - teacher education will be an integral part of the higher education system

• The practice of setting up stand-alone universities for professional education will be discontinued. All institutions offering either professional or general education must organically evolve into institutions offering both seamlessly by 2030

• Each higher education institution will be governed by an Independent Board to ensure a clear chain of responsibility and accountability within;

• Institutional governance will be based on full autonomy—academic, administrative and financial—for all higher education institutions with financial certainty and backing

• The functions of standard setting, funding, accreditation and regulation will be separated and be conducted by independent bodies, eliminating the concentration of power and conflicts of interest

• The National Higher Education Regulatory Authority will be the only regulator for all higher education including professional educations

• The National Educational Technology Forum will be a platform for free exchange of ideas on the use of technology to improve learning, assessment, planning and administration

• Regulation must be responsive and minimalistic - light but tight - to ensure public spiritedness, equity, excellence, financial stability and probity, along with good governance

• Rashtriya Shiksha Aayog will be created to implement the entire policy with integrated approach.


Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:13 pm
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