The School of Education, IGNOU, observed the National Education Day on Wednesday by conducting a seminar on “Significance of National Education Day in the light of the National Education Policy, 2020” through online mode.
Prof. Ved Prakash, the chief guest, while addressing the IGNOU seminar, critically analyzed the new education policy 2020 and revealed that the policy had made several notable structural changes.
He informed that the implementation is the principal focus, and the recommendations made in the policy document would require follow-up. He even acknowledged that NEP will work for all institutions of higher learning with an institutional development strategy by 2030 so they can be multidisciplinary educational institutions until 2040.
He also discussed NEP recommendations related to establishing research-intensive universities, degree-granting colleges, and teaching-intensive universities.
Professor observes, doubling the gross enrolment ratio in higher education will not directly impact higher education. At the same time, improving the quality of school education is equally responsible, wherein National Higher Education Qualification Framework under the NEP 2020 will play a pivotal role.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nageshwar Rao, in his presidential address, stated that the conventional mode of higher education couldn’t fulfill the aim of reaching 50% GER.
Open Distance Education needs to be ready to realize the set aim while offering employment relevant and quality higher education. He also mentioned IGNOU’s initiatives for the integrated ODL and Online Education that is a crucial part of the NEP, 2020.
Prof D Venkateshwarlu, director, SOE, stated, “The National Education Policy 2020 is a policy of the 21st century which aims to address the many developmental imperatives of our country. This policy proposes the revision and revamping of all aspects of education, including its structure, regulation, and governance.”
“It intends to create a new system that is aligned with the aspirational goals of the 21st-century education, and the SDG- 4, for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and providing lifelong learning opportunities for all, while building upon India’s traditions and value systems,” he added.
He looks forward to the deliberations would be beneficial ineffective implementations of the NEP 2020 by all the contributors. Furthermore, he appreciated Prof. Nageshwar Rao, VC IGNOU, for leveraging the initiatives of the school.
In addition, Prof. RP Das, Pro-VC IGNOU, in his address laid importance on the implementation part and stated it would require a combined effort by both the center and the states to find its actual potential.