Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, former Vice Chancellor of Patna University, said higher education should be global. “Competitiveness is created when our students and teachers go to renowned foreign universities and come here from abroad. Bihar universities will also have this opportunity under the new policy, ”he said.
“A multidisciplinary system of global standards in the country will further strengthen the education system, as students would be free to choose subjects according to their skills, as in European countries,” said Singh, adding that this would be the biggest overhaul in the education sector afterwards was the education policy of Lord Macaulay in 1835.
However, the former director of Patna College, NK Choudhary, believed that politically underdeveloped states like Bihar should be given special care in politics. “There are some states that have better universities, while others have only a few. The center must set up special education zones for backward states. It was mentioned in the draft directive but is missing from the NEP adopted today, ”he said.
He also pointed out that public spending on education should exceed 6% of GDP. Choudhary said that a single regulator for the higher education sector would violate the idea of decentralizing and democratizing the administrative structure in the education sector. However, he recognized some changes in the education system, such as the goal of a gross enrollment rate of 50% (GER) by 2030 and a gender fund.
Abha Choudhary, a senior teacher at Notre Dame Academy, said changing the pedagogical structure of the 10 + 2 system to 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 was good. “This means that five years (kindergarten to class II) of school education now fall under the Montessori department, which is good as this is the learning phase for children. The policy also states that the board will encourage the use of knowledge rather than memorization, which is also a welcome step, ”she said.
Education specialist at UNICEF (Bihar), Pramila Manoharan, praised politics overall. “The policy is wonderful when it comes to school education. The issue of lack of learning in the country is addressed with a focus on basic learning. Politics also promote regional languages and mother tongues. It will also promote vocational training and sport. The focus is also on educating children with disabilities, ”said Pramila.