New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the new National Education Policy (NEP) is a milestone in strengthening the future of youngsters and would also pave way for the country to become ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
Addressing the Visitor’s Conference on ‘Implementation of National Education Policy 2020: Higher Education’, President Kovind said, “NEP 2020 sets the “vision of developing an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing quality education to all and achieves twin objectives of inclusion and excellence,” reported ANI.
Here are the important takeaways from the President’s speech:
- He emphasised on the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) and sees it as a major shift in NEP 2020. NEP will allow students to take courses as per their vocational, professional or intellectual requirements and will also allow them suitable exit and re-entry points.
- Noting that NEP 2020’s main target is to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 50 per cent by 2035, he asserted that technology can help the country achieve this target.
- He cited the All India Survey of Higher Education for 2018-19 which stated that GER for females is slightly higher than that for males. However, the share of female students is extremely low in Institutions of National Importance, he added.
- Universities and institutes of higher education should be centres of innovation. They should provide innovative solutions to national and local problems.
- India was a globally respected education hub in ancient times, he said, adding that Universities at Takshashila and Nalanda had iconic status. However, he rued that India’s higher education institutions do not get high positions in global rankings these days.
- Greater use of online facilities will also help overcome problems of shortage of faculty and other resources. Educational institutions should develop very good portals and apps to provide e-learning, e-library and other digital facilities.