‘New education policy ready, will come after elections’, indicates Union minister Prakash Javadekar
The New Education Policy, which is much awaited by the students of India, is ready and will be announced after elections, told Prakash Javedkar, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister.
“The report is ready, the Hindi translation is being done. And now I don’t know whether we can publish it with the model code of conduct in force. I am very sure that soon after elections it will come. After all, it [NEP] is to be implemented from 2020 to 2040,” Javadekar said.
BJP promised NEP as a key reform before the 2014 elections. The New Education Policy is expected to feature the contours of the way education is spread in the country from the most elemental level to the higher levels.
The upcoming educational policy is aimed at bringing revolutionary changes in education amongst the common people of the country. It lays down basic to college education in rural as well as urban areas.
In 1968, under the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the very first NEP was laid down and the second was promulgated in 1986 by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
According to Javadekar, India earlier lacked in research and innovation and hence many things in the country are made using the imports.
“Indian researchers are everywhere in almost all innovations like iPhone, Facebook, Twitter and even Whatsapp kind of Apps. But despite all this, we are just a contributor to innovation. We are not the owners of innovation which should change“, the minister quoted.
Atal Tinkering Lab
Atal Tinkering Lab has been created in more than 3,000 schools in India under which students from class 6 to class 12 can work on 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other new-age technologies.
ATL is an approach used by the central government in order to create an environment of scientific temperament, creativity, and innovation amongst the Indian students. Skilling of the Indians is the need of an hour and ATL works to increase the personal and professional skills of the students.
Smart India Hackathon
Another project launched by the Union government was ‘Hackathon’ at the college level in which problems are given to the students and they have to solve them using their creative side of the brain.
Smart India Hackathon 2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a mindset of problem-solving.
The previous edition of the hackathon saw more than 5 million students from various engineering colleges compete for the top prize at around 35 locations.
In the 2019 version of SIH, the students would get an opportunity to work on challenges faced with the private companies and create top level solutions for the MNCs of the world and hence helping the private sector make wise hiring decisions.
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IMPRINT India Initiative
IMPRINT is the first of its kind MHRD supported Pan-IIT + IISc joint initiative which addresses the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. This initiative with the twofold mandate has aims of-
1. Developing new engineering education policy
2. Creating a road map to pursue engineering challenges
“During a first Imprint event, we received 1,500 proposals of which 200 proposals were sanctioned. We are now funding them completely from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 4 crore”, Javedkar said, adding that the second Imprint also received a tremendous response in the form of 2,000 proposals of which 300 have been accepted.
SWAYAM is a Government of India program which has been designed to achieve the three main principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity, and quality. The aim of this effort is to take the best teaching-learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. The main objective of SWAYAM is to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.
“(Under Swayam), you will get a chance to learn further even after your formal education is over. You can upgrade your skills. Right from professors to senior citizens, anyone can learn”, Javadekar said.
National Digital Library
With the launch of the National Digital Library, the government of India has provided the solution to the needs of colleges and schools. Now, the students can avail more than 1 lakh 65 thousand books on their mobile phones using the NDL.
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Skilling India is much required.
China is ahead of us in education and innovation because the country has been working on ABCD i.e artificial intelligence, the blockchain, cloud computing, and data analytics.
The GOI is working on embedding these features in our system as well.
We appreciate the efforts taken by the government of India and are eagerly waiting for the NEP which will come after the elections 2019.