Aligarh, December 4: The implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will transform India as it connects the past with the future and focuses on leading India to the top,” said Union Education Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
He was speaking in the online seminar on ‘National Education Policy-2020’ of the Aligarh Muslim University and the virtual book release function of ‘Physics of Neutrino Interactions’ (Cambridge University Press) authored by Prof M Sajjad Athar and Prof S K Singh.
Stressing that NEP is based on concepts of equity, quality and accessibility, the Education Minister said that the education policy is aimed to bring India’s diverse nature in terms of regional languages with the benefit of providing primary education in mother tongue.
“The NEP will not only focus on building the capacity of students, but also of teachers and institutions. We have received several lakh of suggestions for the NEP and we are open to hearing more from the people of the country,” said Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal.
“If you look at the NEP from a wider horizon, the policy is as national as it is international. It is impactful, inclusive and interactive,” he added.
Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal pointed out that the new National Education Policy (NEP) approved by the Union Cabinet on July 29 is set to create an education system that contributes directly to transforming the country, providing high-quality education to all, and making India a global knowledge superpower.
He emphasised that NEP 2020 is designed to enable students to study one or more specialized areas of interest at a deep level, and also develop character, scientific temper, creativity, the spirit of service, and 21st-century capabilities across a range of disciplines including sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, among others.
Stating that it is only education, which brings people from darkness to the path of the enlightened; Shri Pokhriyal said that people, who will implement this policy in over a 1000 universities, 35, 000 degree colleges and numerous schools of the country, have a huge role to play.
He emphasised that currently, children in the age group of 3-6 are not covered in the 10+2 structure as Class 1 begins at age 6. However, in the new 5+3+3+4 structure, a strong base of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) from age 3 is also included, which is aimed at promoting better overall learning, development, and well-being.
“I am proud that AMU is progressing steadily in various fields under the guidance of Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor. He praised the Vice Chancellor for his hard and dedicated efforts to improve the University in all spheres of academic activities and improving the image of the University in India and abroad.
Shri Pokhriyal also released ‘Physics of Neutrino Interactions’ (Cambridge University Press) by Prof M Sajjad Athar and Prof S K Singh. The book is an advanced text on neutrino physics, giving a pedagogical description of the neutrino, its properties, the standard model of electroweak interactions, and neutrino scattering from leptons and nucleons.
Terming July 29, the day when NEP 2020 was released as historical day, Prof D P Singh, Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), said that the policy has the potential to bring large-scale transformational reforms in school and higher education sector.
“NEP 2020 will bring integration of academic, professional and vocational education; while revamping curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and student support for enhanced student experiences,” he said adding that the policy attempts to bring into focus the notion of a knowledge of many arts or liberal arts from the country’s historical education system to 21st Century education system.
“The UGC and the Education Minister have successfully managed to save the academic year despite the surge in Covid cases bringing all countries to a halt,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mansoor pointed out that it was due to the vision of Education Minister that the universities throughout the country were able to conduct online classes to complete the academic year.
“AMU is doing trials of Covaxin of Bharat Biotech. Academic and economic activities will be restored after the vaccinations to stop the coronavirus spread begin,” said the Vice Chancellor. (Courtesy: PSN)