Impact of New Education Policy 2020 On Higher Education

Poor education outcomes can’t be overlooked. We can’t anticipate a bright future in the lack of a well-planned ecosystem for education. Everyone is apprised of the current higher education profile seeking a well-structured policy for a long time.­

The government has been planning since 2016 to bring the New National Education Policy into action. It has been an extremely ambitious vision for all—especially students, who had lots of expectations from the current regimes. But finally, the time has arrived. 

The New Education Policy (2020)

“The education seeks reforms” with this strong intention; the regime has delineated some very essential changes in a student’s academic lifestyle. On Wednesday, July 29, the New Education Policy was launched. The policy aims to overhaul the scattered education system of the country.

The first time attention on Education Policy was made in 1986, and after thirty-four years, it was the biggest step taken by the Indian government. 

On July 29, 2020, the policy has been revised and updated, which is a big triumph for the Indian education system. Especially for higher education, India is going to become the favourite education hotspot for students from all across the world.

Current Higher Education System: Challenges

Before the NEP, the imbalanced higher education ecosystem was a big problem. The poor learning environment was a big barrier making it hard for students to develop cognitive skills. For instance,- rigid, unnecessary rules, e.g., an art student can’t choose a science subject.

Students belonging to socioeconomically challenged areas had to struggle a lot for quality higher education. The current education system leads to pathetic career management and no progression. But after NEP (New Education Policy), higher education is likely to see big changes. 

New Education Policy: Big Impact on Higher Education System

Today’s 21st-century classrooms don’t seek old standard education. They want to upgrade their level; they want teachers to provide students with advanced education.

Hence, the NEP isn’t just focusing on students, but the teaching profession to see incredible growth. Every identity engaged in the higher education ecosystem will get a lot from the New Education Policy 2020. 

More Focus on Vocational Studies

Every student from grade 6 to 8 will choose at least one vocational subject from several options. It’ll be compulsory for all. The vocational subject includes electric work, gardening, carpentry, etc.

The student will also enjoy an intern with local vocational professionals—for example- gardeners, potters, carpenters, and artists. Online vocational course facilities are also under the plan.

Students will learn Coding from Class 6

This step will lead to an advanced and bright future for the students. Students will develop their mathematical thinking. It’ll be a crucial part of the overall school curriculum.

Board exams to promote knowledge application

As per NEP, the board exams will be held in objective and descriptive form. A student will be grasping more knowledge, which isn’t possible in rote learning only.

Rigid stream separation has been eliminated.

Students in learning areas- humanities and science will no longer encounter a problem related to streams. Students will no longer need to be tensed about choosing between co-curricular and extra-curricular areas. Besides, all subjects, whether it’s music, yoga, sports, crafts, and arts, will be essential parts of the curriculum. 

Multiple entry and exit program option to choose

Any student who doesn’t want to continue a course and wish to leave it in the middle will be able to do so. Even though they want to enter another course, the Academic Bank of Credits will transfer their previous course’s credit score into the next course.

Enhanced Tech-based options available for adults

The 21st-century education system will be enriched with technology. Throughout the education system, such as planning, learning, teaching, training, and assessment, technology will play a crucial role. Through e-content, students will be able to learn in their regional language.

Foreign Universities will set-up campuses in India.

The top 100 foreign universities from all across the world will operate in India. And as per the HRD Ministry Document, this initiative will raise opportunities for the students. 

A common entrance exam will be conducted for all colleges.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the Common Entrance Exam for all higher education students. But it’ll be an optional exam and not compulsory.

Good news for children with disabilities

All those children with disabilities will get an equal right to participate in the schooling process like regular students. With the help of- educators, special accommodations, resource centres, and technology-based tools, it’ll be much easier for these students now.

Welcome to the bag-less days

Students will get relief from those heavy bags on many occasions throughout the year. For instance- at the time of enrichment activities, such as- sports, quizzes, arts, and vocational crafts, you do not need to carry school bags. 

Single Regulatory Body to eliminate confusion in Higher education

The New Education Policy is striving to establish a Higher Education Commission of India. Owing to this, the High Education will become more effective under a single regularly body. But this will not be applied to legal or medical education.

360-degree Holistic Report Cards

The 360-degree holistic report cards will describe the comprehensive performance of the students. It’ll not just include the obtained marks in the academic profile, but it’ll also pinpoint the students’ skills and abilities.

Next Steps

The NEP is expecting positive outcomes from this new Higher Education system in India. The policy will have a long-lasting impact, which is supposed to be helpful for the economy. The new education system will be more advanced and up to the choice of students. Students will be able to take better action for their future. They’ll have more options to choose from for their higher education.

In the next step, the NEP aims to boost the Gross Enrollment Ratio higher from the current 26% in the higher education sector. This ratio is relatively higher in other countries, e.g., Brazil, China, and American nations. 

Hence, the government plans to introduce more effective policies to build a robust infrastructure of the country’s educational system. These policies are more focused on encouraging the capital pool of the educational sector. Undoubtedly, the New Education Policy 2020 has brought lots of things that tend to shape a bright future.