December 15, 2020.
TED NewsDesk, New Delhi: Ever since the NEP was introduced in July, the government has been doing their best to make sure it gets implemented successfully over the course of the coming years. One such move is compiling a list of some 300 tasks to help enhance the school and higher education system, according to the Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
According to his reply to an email by the Hindustan Times, Nishank said that he is regularly conducting interviews and meetings for implementing the NEP carefully in both the school and higher education. As per the programme, the Department of School Education and Literacy and the Department of Higher Education are holding workshops for the planning and tentative dates for a smooth implementation of the education policy.
According to Nishank, “For example, the Department of School Education and Literacy has prepared a task list of 297 tasks based on the NEP recommendations, which has been shared with the States/UTs/Autonomous Bodies for providing feedback.”
The main focus will be on school education, teacher training, introducing Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) mission, holistic examination, National Curriculum Framework for ECCE and improving teacher educational programmes, added the education minister.
For higher education, the main focus will be on the introduction of multi-disciplinary courses that will provide multiple points of entrance and exit, the formation of academic banks and introducing vernacular languages as a medium of education in institutions.
Nishank also informed that the government will be introducing the set up of an Indian University of Languages shortly. He added,
“India is a treasure trove of languages. The diversity of languages is our strength. In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The time has come to preserve and protect Indian languages. With this objective, we are setting up a Bharateeya Bhasha Vishwavidyalaya, which will ensure proper research into languages. As an adjunct to this, we are also deliberating on setting up an Indian Translation Institute.”
The Ministry of Education will also be working of empowering the ICT facilities in Primary, Secondary and High Schools as per the suggestions made by the NEP. The Ministry also plans to provide Smart Boards in all the government secondary and senior secondary schools.
Source: Hindustan Times