The LexGaze Weekly - HOPE

The New Educational Policy makes India hopeful, again!

Sneha Chugh

Issue 8 | August 08, 2020

The New Education Policy, 2020 introduced by the Government of India will bring education reforms both at the school level as well as in higher education. Here is how the New Education Policy instills hope in the minds of the people.

The foremost point is that the policy acknowledges the importance of pre-schooling for children in the age group of 3-6 years that are the most crucial years of mind development in children. The policy attempts to provide education to 2,000 children who dropped from school through an open schooling option.

The Policy not only emphasizes on bookish knowledge but also on imparting vocational education to students. Now, students can start with early internships during the latter half of their school years i.e., from class 6. Also, the policy gives the students the freedom of studying in their regional languages. Till class 5, children will be taught in their mother tongue or regional languages.

The crucial feature of this policy that has been a major source of relief for students is that there will be no more division of streams between Science, Commerce and Humanities. Students will not be forced to choose one stream, rather they have the liberty to choose subjects as per their area of interest and not because of a particular stream.

For higher education studies, the New Education Policy allows the students to choose creative subjects along with their core curriculum, for instance, music, arts, dance, theatre and a lot other subjects.

The policy also provides multiple exit options to students. After the completion of one year, the students will get a certificate, after two years, they will get a diploma, a bachelor's degree after three years and a bachelor's degree with research at the end of four years. Also, there will be an Academic Bank of Credits that will store the course credits of students and in case a student drops out of college midway, they can use the credits stored in the bank to resume their studies in the future.

Even though the Policy is yet to be implemented, it has mostly received positive responses since its announcement. It has come as a relief to many, with the hope that it will get rid of the loopholes in the National Policy on Education, 1986 that focused more on orthodox methods of teaching and learning rather than practical and vocational training.

Hope Plus

● The New Education Policy introduces assessment reforms that will keep an overall track of the progress of the students.

● The Policy also focuses on Gender Inclusion Fund and Special Education Zones for the minorities and the disadvantaged groups.

● As per the policy, a National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) will be created. It will be an autonomous body that will serve as a platform for free exchange of ideas to make learning better.

● India is a country with diverse cultures and languages. The New Policy will focus on teaching multiple languages to students as well as its translation.

● Top 100 Foreign universities will be allowed to set up their campuses in India. This will improve the quality of education in India while saving the cost of studying abroad.

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