New Education Policy has been approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Ramesh Pokhriyal held a virtual press briefing about the NEP-2020. The last National Educational Policy was set up in 1968 and was updated in 1992. The new policy will be available in 22 languages and audio-books.
The policy has brought lots of changes. After it is introduced into the upcoming academic year, in order to pursue research, aspiring candidates should go for Ph.D. M.Phil is no longer entertained. Yes we are saying goodbye to M.Phil from the coming year. UG, PG and then Ph.D.
A common entrance exam for all higher education institutes will be held by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and it is optional for students to take. For private and public higher education institutes uniform norms will be given. The fee will be fixed within the regulatory framework and no extra fee will be charged beyond the cap.
One of the most promising changes is the announcement of Special Education Zones which will be formed in disadvantaged regions. College courses will be multidisciplinary.
Schools will not have any rigid formation of streams of Arts/Commerce/Science. Students can take whichever course they want. Mathematical Thinking and Scientific Temper along with 21st century skills will be integrated in the curriculum of school students. Mother Tongue will be the medium of instruction at least till the 5th standard and when the students begin 6th std, they will be allowed to take up coding class.
Javadekar said that he hopes that the NEP 2020 will be welcomed and accepted by all sections of people. He said he shall take a Q&A session with the members of the press sooner but not today.
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