The government implemented the National Education Policy (NEP) today after the Cabinet meeting. Several changes have been brought to the policy. The HRD ministry has been named as Education Ministry. The big announcement was made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
In order to promote digital learning, “E-courses will be developed in eight regional languages initially and virtual labs will be developed.”
The MPhil degree will be discontinued and several patterns of change will be brought into the board exams. Most of the courses will all be offered in two languages, so as to not impose Hindi on other language-speaking areas.
Foreign universities will also be allowed to set up their campuses around the country. Multiple exit options based on the number of years the student pursued the subject will be available. Art, music along with other areas will have courses formed and implemented in colleges.
A common entrance exam for all institute will be set up by the NTA. At the school level, assessment about the children’s performance will be done by both teachers and peers. Life skills will be an important subject taught in classes.
Schools are also to remove the system of streams like humanities, commerce and science and the system will allow children to choose any subject they wish to study. CO-curriculum will be emphasised upon and subjects like coding will be made available to class 6th.
The final reform is the formation of Academic Bank of Credit which will store academic credits of the students so that they can be accounted for in the final degree earned.