Cabinet approves new national education policy: Key points

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Cabinet approves new national education policy: Key points


NEW DELHI: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the

new National Education Policy

(

NEP

) and renamed the

HRD ministry

as

education ministry

.

Addressing a press conference, Union minister

Prakash Javadekar

said it is important as for 34 years there were no changes in the education policy of the country.

Following the new education policy and reforms, we will achieve 50% Gross Enrollment Ratio by 2035, Amit Khare, higher education secretary said.

Here are the key points:* The ministry announced that there will be holistic and multidisciplinary education in terms of flexiblity of subjects.

*

MPhil

courses to be discontinued under new National Education Policy, and all the courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level will be interdisciplinary.

* All higher education institutions, except legal and medical colleges, will be governed by a single regulator

* Common norms will be in place for private and public higher education institutions under the Central government’s new education policy

* Other features include graded academic, administrative and financial autonomy of institutions and a single regulator for all higher education, working under a self-disclosure based transparent system for approvals in place of numerous ‘inspections’

* E-courses will be developed in regional languages; virtual labs will be developed and a National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) is being created

* There are over 45,000 affiliated colleges in our country. Under graded autonomy, academic, administrative and financial autonomy will be given to colleges, on the basis of the status of their accreditation

* Board exams will be low stakes and test actual knowledge instead of rote learning

* Mother tongue to be a medium of instruction till 5th grade

* Report cards will be a comprehensive report

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