National Education Policy Highlights 2020
NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet approved the national education policy 2020 on Wednesday. Here are some of the key features of the new policy:

* This is the first educational policy of the 21st century and replaces the 34 year old National Education Policy (NPE) from 1986.

* The new policy aims to universalize education from pre-school to secondary level with a gross enrollment rate of 100 percent (GER) in school education by 2030 and aims to raise GER in university education to 50 percent by 2025.

* NEP 2020 will bring two million school children back into the main stream.

* The 10 + 2 structure of the curriculum should be replaced by a 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 curriculum structure that corresponds to the age groups 3-8, 8-11, 11-14 and 14-18 years. It will include 12 years of schooling and three years of Anganwadi and preschool.

* NCERT will develop a national curriculum and pedagogical framework for early childhood care and education (NCPFECCE) for children up to the age of eight.

* NEP 2020 calls for the establishment of a national mission for basic literacy and arithmetic by the Ministry of Education. By 2025, the states will draw up an implementation plan for the acquisition of universal basic and arithmetic skills in all primary schools for all learners up to the third grade.

* A national book promotion guideline has to be formulated.

* All students take school exams in classes 3, 5 and 8, which are carried out by the responsible authority. The board exams for grades 10 and 12 will be continued, but redesigned with the aim of holistic development.

* A new national evaluation center, PARAKH (performance evaluation, review and analysis of knowledge for holistic development) will be set up as a standardization body.

* NEP attaches importance to the establishment of a fund for gender inclusion and special education zones for disadvantaged regions and groups.

* Each state / district is encouraged to set up “Bal Bhavans” as a special day boarding school to participate in arts-related, career-related, and game-related activities. Free school infrastructure can be used as Samajik Chetna Kendras.

* The National Council for Teacher Education (NPST) will develop a common National Professional Standard for Teachers (NPST) by 2022 in consultation with NCERT, SCERTs, teachers and expert organizations from different levels and regions.

* States / UTs will establish an independent State School Standards Authority (SSSA). Through consultations with all those involved, the SCERT will develop a framework for the evaluation and accreditation of school quality (SQAAF).

* NEP 2020 aims to increase the gross enrollment rate in higher education, including vocational training, from 26.3 percent in 2018 to 50 percent in 2035 and to add 3.5 million new seats to higher education institutions.

* The guideline provides for a broad, multidisciplinary, holistic basic training with flexible curricula, creative subject combinations, integration of vocational training and several entry and exit points with appropriate certification.

* An academic credit bank must be set up for the digital storage of academic credits from various universities so that they can be transferred and credited towards the degree obtained.

* Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities (MERUs), which are comparable to IITs and IIMs and should be set up as models for the best multidisciplinary education of global standards in the country.

* The National Research Foundation is created as a top body for the promotion of a strong research culture and the development of research capacities in higher education.

* The Indian University Commission (HECI) is set up as a single umbrella body for all higher education with the exception of medical and legal education.

* Public and private higher education institutions are subject to the same norms for regulation, accreditation and academic standards.

* University membership should expire in 15 years, and a phased mechanism should be set up to give universities a level of autonomy.

* A new and comprehensive national curriculum framework for teacher training, NCFTE 2021, is formulated by the NCTE in consultation with NCERT.

* By 2030, the minimum qualification for teaching will be a 4-year integrated B.Ed. Degree.

* Strict measures are taken against inferior independent teacher training institutions (TEIs).

* A national mentoring mission will be established with a large pool of outstanding high-ranking / retired faculties who would be willing to provide short-term and long-term care / professional support to university / college teachers.

* The National Scholarship Portal will be expanded to track the progress of the scholarship holders.

* Private universities are encouraged to offer their students a greater number of free ships and scholarships.

* Measures such as online courses and digital repositories, research funding, improved student services, credit-based recognition of MOOCs, etc. are taken to ensure that distance learning corresponds to the highest quality programs in the classroom.

* A comprehensive set of recommendations to promote online education as a result of the recent increase in epidemics and pandemics have been covered to ensure readiness for alternative forms of quality education whenever and wherever traditional forms of education are not possible.

* A special unit for orchestrating the construction of digital infrastructures, digital content and capacity building is being set up in the Ministry of Personnel Development, which takes care of the needs of school and higher education in the field of electronic education.

* An autonomous institution, the National Educational Technology Forum (NETF), will be created to provide a platform for the free exchange of ideas on the use of technology to improve learning, assessment, planning and administration.

* NEP recommends the establishment of an Indian Institute for Translation and Interpreting (IITI), a National Institute (or of Institutes) for Pali, Persian and Prakrit, the strengthening of Sanskrit and all language departments at universities and the use of the mother tongue / national language as a teaching medium in more HEI programs.

* The internationalization of education is facilitated both by institutional cooperation as well as by the mobility of students and faculties and enables access by first-class universities to the opening of locations in India.

* Independent technical universities, health science universities, law and agricultural universities, etc. should become multidisciplinary institutions.

* The policy aims to achieve 100% literacy among young people and adults.

* The center and the states will work together to raise public investment in the education sector to 6 percent of GDP at the earliest. SLB SMN


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