India’s National Education Policy (NEP 2020) promises to ring in large-scale changes to our education system. These include greater autonomy to colleges and universities as well as giving students more flexibility in the subjects they wish to study, and multiple entry-exit option for students.
Human beings are generally averse to change. This applies as much to parents and teachers as it does to students. For the new policies to bear fruit, teaching and learning must happen differently; this requires mindsets to change. Parents must be open to letting their children change tracks based on their interests and strengths, and not force them to study something that they do not like. In this larger context, Disha Bharat sees itself as an agent(catalyst) of change.
VIKASANA: NEP 2020-VISION TO ACTION
To bring the vision of National Education Policy to Action, Disha Bharat is organizing a series of 12 national webinars. Each webinar dwells on a clause of NEP 2020. Experts in the field are invited to share their expertise and insights on the particular clause of the NEP 2020 chosen for the month.
Also on April 10 2020, an Informal Discussion on NEP 2020 was held in Karnataka State Higher Education Council Conference Hall. Vice Chancellors, Principals, senior faculty members, students, representatives from NGOs in the field of education were all present. A healthy discussion about the possible solutions to some challenges faced during the implementation of the NEP 2020 were discussed. Disha Bharat also announced the courses for In-service teachers, students of B.Ed. colleges and students of other Higher Education Institutions on Value education, Indian Knowledge Systems and Professional skills and ethics.
September 4, after the completion 10 webinars, second Informal Discussion on NEP 2020 was held in Karnataka State Higher Education Council Conference Hall. Vice Chancellors, Principals, senior faculty members, students, representatives from NGOs in the field of education were all present. Karnataka State had decided to implement the NEP 2020 from the academic year starting October 2021. With that background, assembled participants opined that implementation challenges needs to be collectively addressed in the coming days to make a meaningful difference to the students enrolling that year.
On October 29, 2021, the Concluding event of the Vikasana Series was held in Jnana Jyothi Auditorium from 10am to 1pm. Click here for the report