Educators across the nation welcome and laud the National Education Policy 2020

Envisions the newly designed structure to be in sync with the NEP 2020 ~
New Delhi, 31st July 2020: The first National education policy in 34 years (NEP), approved by the Union Cabinet, has introduced many reformations in the Indian education system. Starting with the renaming of The Ministry of Human Resource and Development as The Ministry of Education, the new policy envisions to offer a new structure to the education system in the country.
NEP 2020 proposes the revision and revamping of all aspects of the education structure, including its regulation and governance, to create a new system that is aligned with the aspirational goals of 21st-century education, while remaining consistent with India’s traditions and value systems.
Sharing his views on the National Education Policy 2020 being announced by the Ministry of Education, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Provost – HSNC University said, “Industry lauds the reformatory step by Honorable PMO by announcing a National Education Policy 2020. This policy was long due and brings about the transformation to learn and turn the future Indian minds. I am delighted to see a diverse policy that aims to meet the future learning needs which will engrain practical skill-based learning to shape the learners being Industry ready. The policy very well addresses most of the critical issues that daunt our current education landscape and brings about a totality in terms of the paradigm shift that we need for the educated and skilled people in India. The NEP will offer multiple exit points in studies, which means that one could actually get into employment at different ages, different times, and different levels of education which is a thoughtful strategic structure.”
Earlier in June, Mumbai’s three reputed colleges – K. C. College, H. R. College, and Bombay Teachers’ Training College (BTTC) came together to form Maharashtra’s second cluster University; named as ‘HSNC University’. The University aims at ushering in a new wave of education and offers interdisciplinary, liberal, choice-based credit system and talent – oriented education approach and advocates for an industry-focused, technology, and skill development-driven curriculum that will make undergraduate and postgraduate students employment – ready.
Dr. Hiranandani further adds, “As Indian employment breed faces a dichotomy with compartmentalized skillsets wherein many of them are unemployed due to lack of skill-based education. In the backdrop of this alarming scenario, NEP is a step in the right direction towards a radical shift in the education disciplinary system to bring exponential growth. To combat this issue, in June this year we announced a new cluster university called the HSNC University. The university aims to offer a liberal education system that fosters competitiveness, creative thinking, innovation, and other skill sets. I am pleased to see the National Education Policy 2020 be in sync with the vision of our University and look forward to it.”
With the New Education Policy 2020 focusing on boosting and integrating technology into the education sector, several educators and academicians are lauding the effort being made. Speaking on this integration Mr. Atul Kulshrestha, Chairperson, FICCI Edtech Task Force, and Chairman and MD, Extramarks said that the New Education Policy strives to completely transform the school education sector by aiming to provide high-quality education to all especially by integrating technology, implementing a new assessment methodology and using AI to track student performance to optimize their career.
Another very important development as a part of the NEP 2020 is the directive to teach students till the 5th grade in the mother tongue of the state. “This is a welcome development. It is important to understand that deep and profound learning happens in the language a child is comfortable with. The primary objective of an education policy initiative is to enhance learning. Mothers’ tongue is the most effective instrument of building strong foundations of knowledge,” said Mr. Vinod Malhotra, Chairman, Academic council, Saamarthya Teachers Training Academy of Research, Ghaziabad on this new development of NEP.
Vishnu Karthik, CEO, Xperiential Learning Systems and Director, The Heritage Schools had an astute take on the use of mother tongue as the language to impart knowledge. He said “We first have to distinguish between language and literacy. Language is speaking and is natural for our brains. Literacy is reading and writing which is to be learned by our brains. Children’s brains are designed to learn multiple languages and the more they are exposed to multiple languages, the more they can absorb languages at an early age. Thus, teaching in only one language is not the best use of the critical learning windows nature has given for learning languages. Teaching only in English or only in the mother tongue is not a good practice. Rather a healthy mix of 2-3 languages is good for children in primary school. As far as literacy is concerned (reading and writing), best is to keep it simple by focusing on just two literacy languages. For urban parents, English and one vernacular language should be good. A third literacy can be picked up post grade 5.”
If implemented in true ‘letter and spirit’ by all stakeholders, the New Education Policy will undoubtedly transform the overall educational ecosystem in the country and should be brought into force as early as possible as it is the