NEP 2020: Union Ministry of Education Gives Update on Status of Activities

The Center has announced the new National Education Policy [NEP 2020] last year. The implementation plan for NEP 2020 will be issued soon, as per the latest news. After a couple of national education policies issued in 1968 and 1992, this is the 3rd national education policy. In the 21st century, this new policy is marked the first NEP. This new NEP has brought copious changes to the current education system. The new NEP removes conventional lines between different streams of education and renders a comprehensive education to the upcoming generation of students.

NEP 2020: Union Ministry of Education Gives Update on Status of Activities

As per the statement issued by the Union Ministry of Education, the NEP 2020 comprises an extensive spectrum of school education for students pursuing from pre-primary level to the senior secondary level. Even if the proposal has been designed for the next two decades, several recommendations have varied timelines for execution. That’s the reason the policy would be executed in a phased manner, said the ministry at the time of announcing the subsequent course of action concerning the NEP 2020.

A Shikshak Parv was organized in September 2020. During the event, several recommendations regarding the policy were discussed alongside the strategies to implement the same. The ministry acquired a massive 15 lakh suggestions from different stakeholders regarding the policy and the reviewing process is in progress. The ministry said that they had prepared a draft implementation plan in September 2020 and acquired the feedback from stakeholders in 31 states and union territories. The same has been integrated within the implementation plan. The ministry recently stated that the implementation plan will be finalized soon and issued soon.

Still, the ministry reported that the fundamental portions of the policy would be included under the new National Curriculum Framework and the schemes sponsored by the Center. Furthermore, the National Curriculum Framework’s groundwork has started and the ministry anticipates it to be created in the next academic session 2021-22. However, the ministry has acquired similar information regarding the implementation of few activities under the NEP 2020.

National Education Policy 2020: Implementation of Activities

  • As per the NEP 2020, the compulsory Continuous Professional development of teachers would be carried out for more than 50 hours. For this, about 18 modules of 4 to 5 hours have been rolled out on the government’s DIKSHA platform to organize in-service training of teachers. As of now, more than 3.4 crore course-wise registrations have been done on the platform.
  • As part of the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission, the government has acquired an in-principle approval for setting up a National Mission.
  • To develop e-learning, the government has utilized the DIKSHA platform. It will provide access to a massive range of e-content associated with the curriculum.
  • The department has considered the significance of the mental health and welfare of students. It has launched an initiative called ‘Manodarpan’ to offer counselling and moral support to the afflicted candidates. Speaking of this, interactive online chat options, a national toll-free number, and a national-level directory and counsellors’ database are under development.
  • NCERT has endorsed an agreement with the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center [ISLRTC]. This directs to the development of an Indian Sign Language dictionary for school education.
  • The changes of the CBSE exams are in process in a phased manner. The development would be implemented from 2021. Few subjects such as English, Maths, Hindi, and Sanskrit would be introduced in 2 levels from the next academic session 2021-22. The 10th and 12th class board exams would endure witnessing an increase in competency-based questions.

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