Students till now were made to understand the concepts and methods very well but with the introduction of NEP 2020; students will now get more benefits than before. NEP 2020 focuses on making students understand how to think on different concepts and in what ways we can implement our learning. We had a panel discussion where we called a teacher from higher education, a teacher from the school, a student, and a parent to tell us about their views. NEP 2020 has extensive benefits as we see on the document but let’s hear it from everyone in detail.
- Dr. Shirish Kashikar (Director, NIMCJ College): He has his career in journalism and academics for over 23 years now. He was awarded for writing the best articles by the state information department in 2002 – 2003.
Dr. Kashikar says that our education system needs over-rolling and NEP 2020 is nicely drafted and a well-thought policy. It is in true sense a National Education Policy inclusive of many significant points. He throws a light saying that teachers will easily adapt to the methods of teaching as per the new policy. Teachers are efficient already and with proper training, they will scale new height in teaching. A flexible approach to graduation and the establishment of credit banks will make education a smooth journey for students. Above all, giving credit scores to students will help them to take up education and preferable course at their pace.
In conclusion to this policy, he believes that it will create a huge impact in the coming years. There is more to come in the future with the help of this policy. Things that lacked previously are the ‘Indianness’ and now with this policy, we have our roots implemented.
- Mrs. Madhuri Sinha: She is an educationist and ex-head mistress of Air Force School in Nagpur.
According to Mrs. Sinha, it is a wholesome policy that includes a defined teacher’s role and approaching each level of education. She likes the introduction of integrated B. Ed so that students can learn while doing their graduation. Focusing on learning in the mother tongue in the formative years of development will benefit the child. The peer tutorial learning will enrich the role of the teacher as they will be more of a facilitator rather than just a teacher. Interactive learning will lead to better retention. Facilitating the years of education during graduation is really beautiful and students will conveniently move towards their interests. She derives the conclusion that it will actively involve all the sectors and it will provide students with future employment opportunities. It will make students ready for the future.
- Mrs. Nupur Gorasia: She was a teacher and now a freelance content writer.
Mrs. Nupur feels that the pressure of studies will go away and the system will focus more on applicative learning rather than theoretical knowledge. She wondered what will happen to the learning of the English language if the medium of instruction in schools would change to mother tongue or Hindi. Although as a parent, she feels that having board exams at each stage will train students to appear for the same in the forthcoming years. It will turn into a smooth ride rather than a scary one. The academic banks are going to help students in terms of giving students with credit score and access them when required.
She adds that the flexibility of subject choice will change her perspective as a parent. Children will have the liberty to take up any subject of their choice may it be a weird combination. In other words, parents will not have to worry about what would happen to their future if they have two different combinations to study. She adds that the NEP2020 in all is very good because it is open to choices and has positive insights.
- Mr. Shubham Kukreti: He is an engineering student of RCOEM Nagpur and a political enthusiast. He is the founder of Instagram page Pulse of the Nation.
Mr. Shubham feels that it is a visionary policy and it will bring better changes. He is jealous of not having this policy introduced when he was a student. Inclusion of vocational training, coding, and the banning of rote methods will add advantage to student’s life. Students will have less pressure and they will focus better and make their career. He says that the flexibility of choosing a subject will lead to diversified learning. There are no boundaries in learning now and the students will get degrees depending upon how much they have learned.
Shubham says that having board exams twice in a year is a positive approach. He adds that students will not have to suffer just because that day was a bad day. Coding improves on logical thinking and its introduction will benefit the students at an early age. However, he feels that language is not a barrier for the right talent. In conclusion to this session, Shubham says that this policy teaches self-evaluation which is important. He expresses his gratitude to the platform for inviting him.
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