NEP-2020 is comprehensive, holistic, far sighted: Najma Heptulla

The governor made the remark in a video conference of governors and lieutenant governors on ‘Role of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in Transforming Higher Education’ held at New Delhi on Monday.

Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla has stated that the New Education Policy-2020 is comprehensive, holistic, far sighted and will certainly play a pivotal role in the Nation’s future growth. 

The governor made the remark in a video conference of governors and lieutenant governors on ‘Role of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in Transforming Higher Education’ held at New Delhi on Monday, was organised by Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.

"This Policy was passed after more than three decades - first one was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992. During this period of more than three decades, significant changes were noticed in our country pertaining to socio- economy and the globe at large. Therefore, it appears quite legitimate that the education sector also needs to strengthen itself towards the demands of the 21st century and the needs of the people and the country. Quality education as well as innovation and research will be the pillars on which India will become a knowledge super power. It is, in this context, a New Education Policy is needed at this juncture," she said.

Najma Heptulla added that the Government of India, accordingly, mooted the process of formulating a New Education Policy, to begin with, through the consultation process in which expert opinions, field experiences, stakeholder feedback as well as lessons learned from best practices were taken into consideration.

The policy is welcomed by one and all of our nation which seeks to transform India into a vibrant knowledge society. It is a pride in India as well as acceptance of the best ideas and practices in the world of learning from across the globe. It is a matter of great satisfaction to note that one of its loftier goals is to bring crore of out of school children into the school system and reduce innumerable dropouts. More importantly, to reduce the burdensome syllabus, focus on vocational education and environmental educations are crucial aspects well covered by NEP. Students will be much more empowered and have the opportunity to choose the subjects they wish to study.

Acknowledging NEP-2020 for barring Medical and Law Colleges, Heptulla told that the NEP also makes an attempt  to improve governance by bringing in a single regulator to look after all educational  institutions. This is a significant step.  In addition, the NEP also aims at a holistic education by envisioning the convergence of science and arts streams. The focus on ethics and human and Constitutional values will go a long way in the creation of an enlightened citizenship essential for deepening our democratic roots.

The governor opined that the policy also expands the scope of foundational education, increasing the school going years from 3 to 18 instead of the prevalent 6 to 14. This will enable a more holistic development of children in the formative age group of 3 6 years. Setting up a National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy is a much needed, timely step to improve the quality of education at the primary education level. NEP recognises the importance of nutrition to the all round development of children and has therefore included a provision for an energy filled breakfast, in addition to the nutritious mid day meal, to help children achieve better learning outcomes.

It may be mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural session and President Ram Nath Kovind graced the conference. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also attended the conference.

On the other hand, Manipur Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam, vice chancellor of Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) M Harekrishna and Registrar DMU, Nivedita Lairenlakpam attended the video conference from the education minister’s office chamber, New Secretariat.

First Published:Sept. 8, 2020, 8:28 a.m.