New Delhi, 1st August: India, to be an advanced country with super power and be the world’s best country we need the best education policy and best education system. The way Covid- 19 has affected the education sector, India definitely needs a revamp and digitalisation is also needed. To talk on the New Education Policy 2020 and what it has brought to India and how schools and colleges will implement it, The Policy Times and Sunrise University jointly organised an exclusive interaction with Rajasthan and Haryana school principals on Saturday.
Speakers of the show were Prof (Dr.) Anup Pradhan, Vice Chancellor of Sunrise University and Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Pro Vice Chancellor of Adamas University, Kolkata with Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder of The Policy Times as the moderator.
Introducing the New Education Policy, Prof. (Dr.) Anup Pradhan said, “The new education policy 2020 has opened up new schemes which will help children in the long run. A child will now have to stay with their parents and learn from the home environment till the age of 3 and after that will be send to school. The new policy introduced the “Khelo Kudu Padho” scheme which in turn will help the students in developing physically. Only bookish knowledge from now onwards will not be the motto, students will have to learn coding in computers from classes V and onwards. Students will be able to enjoy the experience of different projects. A student will have the right to choose any subject with combination of other subjects according to their likes and dislikes, for e.g. if a student opts for biology he /she can even choose music as a subject from classes IX and onwards. The new policy is beneficial and will definitely help students and will be beneficial in the long run.”
Focusing into the positive side of NEP, Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury explained, “We should always look at the positive side. The new policy has introduced the major minor system in colleges, which I welcome heartily. The new policy introduced 11 years of schooling and 4 years of graduation degree education, which is very positive. Merging of AICTE and UGC is also a very good idea, and reducing the innumerable number of education bureaucracies is also a very good decision. Critical point without a parliamentary session and an act has not been made till now. And to make this education policy an act or make it fall under lawfully it is necessary to make it pass through parliament. The whole policy was formed very before the pandemic, because the Covid has made the education digitalised and many of the students education has stopped due to various problems. Only 2.5% was used for public education from the country’s GDP and now it will be 6%, which is a very good and important decision taken by the government. Digitalised education has made 50% students detached from education.
“I am in favour of tri- lingual education, but now the government introduced the policy where it is said after class V English education will be introduced, but unless it is decided that the whole education will continue in local language or mother tongue till then there is no point of removing English as a part of education in the schools. The financial autonomy of the colleges in the policy introduced is not clear and if that means privatisation of colleges then 50 % and more students will get detached from the system of education due to financial crisis,” Prof. Chowdhury further added.
While interacting with the school principals, they brought on how to implement the new education policy, the introduction of RTE from 3 to 18 years now is a positive step which before was from 6 to 14 years, the percentage to be used in education from the country’s GDP% is overall a good decision taken, the combination of streams, grading system, and giving place for research are all positive step towards building a good education system.
Whereas, the funding of autonomous bodies is not clear, and the idea of 5+3+3+4 scheme of education will somewhere hamper if students are not given proper education from the basic stage, after class V if vocational training is done then child labour will increase. Increment of fees or the privatisation will become a major issue for the poor students. Learning English from class 6 suddenly without having any idea from the primary stage will become problem from students. It is the decision of the students on which language students will study. If we need our country to grow worldwide then English is a necessary language and as it is recognised as international language so it is very important to give our students the basic idea of English as a language or subjectin schools from the primary level.
India needs to adopt the digitalised system of education everywhere all over the country. The blended form of education which is going to come in the upcoming years is also an important change which all the schools and universities need to adapt.
The Principals who joined for the show were, Principal Ramesh Punia,Vidya Devi International School, Principal Ramesh Siwach, Vikas Sr. Secondary School, Principal Rekha Gupta, GSSS, Mandhana, Principal Narendra Khurana, Geeta Vidya Niketan H/S, Meham, Principal Dimple Parithi, Gyan Jyoti High School, Meham, Principal Reema Malik, St. Mary Public School, Madina, Principal Vijay Kumar, S.D High School, Farmana, Principal Dinesh Kumar, Geeta Siksha Sadan, Meham, Principal Jitender Singh, V.M.P School, Principal Gaurav Kumar, Haryana High School, Principal Jaidev Sharma, SH. RCM High School RTK.