National Education Policy 2020
The Cabinet approved the National Education Policy 2020.Online courses will be developed in regional languages, virtual labs will be set up and a National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) will be created, said the Government. Read the take by Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, The Shahani Group
“The New Education Policy should have been implemented years ago to enable India’s education system to catch up with that of other fast-developing nations in Asia. The focus on light government regulation, multidisciplinary institutions and creating equivalence of vocational and academic streams are welcome, but these have been a part of other countries’ education models for years. It would have been good to have some more innovative ideas implemented like recognition of pathway/twinning programs with foreign universities, permission for for-profit firms to set up schools & colleges, allowing corporate CSR funding for primary research in universities and allowing universities to offer online degrees to outside their geographical jurisdiction. As education is a state subject, it is important for the central government to create a mechanism to ensure each state implements these new policies effectively.