Governor Mukhi presented his views at a virtual meeting of the Governors’ Conference attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Minister of State for Education Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre and Chairman of the NEP Draft Committee Dr. Kasturirangan.
Mukhi said he had formed a committee of selected vice chancellors to investigate ways and means to propose timetables and strategies for implementing NEP 2020 in higher education in Assam.
The governor of Assam said the committee he had formed recently had its first meeting and made a number of recommendations. “A Rajyik Shiksha Aayog would be formed in Assam to fully implement the recommendations of the NEP 2020,” he said.
Mukhi added that since the multidisciplinary approach is the cornerstone of the NEP, steps are being taken to transform the existing higher education institutions in the state and gradually give them autonomy. The governor also approved two new bills brought out in the first week of September for the establishment of two new universities to be appropriately revised in line with the 2020 NEP and passed in the State Assembly.
“The governor also announced that higher education is promoting research on key and socially relevant top areas and promoting bilingual and multilingual teaching in schools. He also said that the curriculum under NEP 2020 should be made flexible to accommodate it promote.” The governor also urged the president and prime minister to establish two central government bodies, namely the Multidisciplinary University of Education and Research (MERU) and an Indian Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IITI) in Assam, “a statement from the said Governor’s Office.
Adviser to the State Education Department, Prof. Mihir Kanti Choudhury, Commissioner and Secretary (State University Department), Preetom Saikia, Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor, SS Meenakshi Sundaram, Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University, Prof. PJ Handique and others The Secretary to the Governor, Swapna Dutta Deka was also present at the virtual meeting.