NEP 2020: President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on Saturday said that “National Education Policy aims to reorient our educational system towards meeting needs of 21st century.”
While addressing the Visitor’s Conference on ‘Implementation of National Education Policy 2020, Ram Nath Kovind said that “It sets the vision of developing an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing quality education to all. It achieves twin objectives of inclusion and excellence.”
The President said that “NEP seeks to discourage rote learning and overemphasis on marks or grades. It seeks to encourage critical thinking and a spirit of inquiry.”
“India was a globally respected education hub in ancient times. Universities at Takshashila and Nalanda had iconic status. But today, India’s higher education institutions don’t get high positions in global rankings,” he added.
He further said that “Effective implementation of NEP is likely to restore India’s glory as a great centre of learning. One of the targets of NEP 2020 is to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 50 percent by 2035. Technology can help in achieving this target.”
“Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) is a major shift in policy which will be of great help to students. This will digitally store academic credits earned from various Higher Education Institutions so that degrees can be awarded, taking into account credits earned by students,” he added.
The President conlcuded that “ABC will allow students to take courses as per their vocational, professional or intellectual requirements. It will also allow them suitable exit and re-entry points. This flexibility will be very useful for the students.”