Bathinda: The Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB), hosted a webinar on the 28th “National Education Policy 2020 (NEP-2020)”th August 2020. The internal quality assurance cell of the CUPB carried out this program under the patronage of the honorable Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari. The resource person of this program was Prof. Vasudha Kamat, former Vice Chancellor of the SNDT Women University (Mumbai)
At the beginning of the event, Prof. S.K. Bawa, Director of IQAC, welcomed the participants and introduced the program topic. When introducing the resource person, Prof. Bawa mentioned that Prof. Kamat was one of the members of the committee formed by the Indian government in 2017 to prepare the draft national education policy approved by the cabinet of the Union in 2020.
In her address, Prof. Kamat mentioned that she was fortunate enough to be part of the committee preparing the draft NEP-2020. She added the NEP-2020 is student-centered and aims to achieve a gross enrollment rate (GER) of 100% in school education by 2030 and a GER of 50% in higher education by 2035 & promoting academic temperament among learners, Identifying the unique abilities of each individual student, imparting multidisciplinary and holistic education, promoting multilingualism, teaching life skills, promoting interdisciplinary education and promoting pioneering research. She also mentioned that this NEP-2020 would ensure universalization of the school education system, autonomy in higher education and a high quality results-oriented education system for all.
While speaking about the reforms introduced by NEP-2020 in the school education system, Prof. Kamat said that NEP-2020 introduces a “5 + 3 + 3 + 4 new curriculum structure” to create a strong foundation for children who based on logical thinking embedded in Indian values. She claimed other major reforms in the school sector, such as teaching in mother tongue up to 5th Standard, New National Curriculum Framework, establishment of Bal Bhavans, internships and professional training from 6th Standard, the freedom to choose subjects in different areas of secondary education, and exams to test core competency and holistic development help prepare students for future challenges while staying connected to their culture and values.
She stressed that incorporating innovative reforms into the higher education system such as the introduction of holistic and multidisciplinary education with a creative combination of subjects, multiple entry and exit points and a transfer through the Academy’s credit bank will not only allow easy access to higher education for students India, however, will also help develop a skilled and intellectual workforce who will contribute to the nation’s growth. She also stressed that the various initiatives in the framework of “internationalization of education” such as the opportunity for the best Indian universities to expand overseas and the invitation to the best universities in the world to build campuses in India, our students The initiative “Study in India, stay in India” will not keep but also attract foreign students. She emphasized that other important proposals for NEP-2020 such as: establishment / implementation of Indian Higher Education Commission, National Research Foundation, National Mission for Mentoring, National Book Promotion Policy, Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities, National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education, etc. help to improve the standard of teaching and research.
The honorable Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari praised Prof. Kamat for his valuable contribution to the design of NEP-2020 and mentioned that NEP-2020 will support us in making India the “education and innovation center” of the world. He stated that NEP-2020 is India’s first educational policy aimed at addressing our country’s growing development needs in order to achieve the larger goal of Atam Nirbhar Bharat under the capable leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji. He mentioned that NEP-2020 is based on UNESCO’s core principle of access, justice, solidarity, quality, affordability and accountability and will ensure the right to education for all. He added that according to the National Education Policy 2020 vision, our mission will be to provide international academic presence for students from India and abroad with tremendous opportunities for higher education and multidisciplinary research. He also stressed that CUPB is committed to creating high quality online educational resources to ensure uninterrupted knowledge sharing with learners, even in times of COVID-19.
The webinar was hosted by Prof. V.K. Garg, Dean Student Welfare, Prof. R.K. Wusirika, Dean Incharge Academics, Shri K.P.S. Mundra, Chancellor, Faculty, Staff and Students of the University.