National Education Policy 2020: The Union’s cabinet approved Tuesday’s 2020 national education policy, which provides for major reforms in higher education, including a target of 50 percent of the gross enrollment rate (GER) by 2035 and multiple entry and exit entries.
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At a press conference here, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the cabinet today approved a 21st century national education policy (NEP).
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“The Union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the new education policy for the 21st century. It is important that nothing has changed in education policy for 34 years. I am confident that this will be welcomed by all of society and nation, as well as educators around the world, ”he said.
Amit Khare, university minister, said it was a historic day and the country had a new education policy (NEP) after 34 years.
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“After the new education policy and reforms, we will have a gross enrollment rate of 50 percent by 2035,” he said.
He said the NEP includes tiered academic, administrative and financial autonomy for institutions and a single regulator for all higher education that operates under a self-disclosure, transparent system of permits rather than numerous “inspections”.
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“There are over 45,000 affiliated universities in our country. As part of tiered autonomy, universities receive academic, administrative and financial autonomy based on the status of their accreditation. E-courses are developed in regional languages. Virtual laboratories are being developed and a National Education Technology Forum (NETF) is being established, ”said Khare.
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He said that a comprehensive consultation process had been adopted in the formulation of NEP 2020. “All 2.5 lakh gram panchayats were addressed through the online platform. There have been opinions from governments, departments, academics, and ordinary people, ”he said.