16 AUG,2020 | MEDC
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 sets out a concrete vision for 2040, with an aim to transform school and higher education across India. Two generations after independence, India’s education policy continues to remain half-baked. It is the NEP 2020 which is the first serious attempt to do something about it. The experience of India’s earlier national education policies (1968 and 1986) suggest that the crux of the problem lies in the implementation and the coordination, both of which are complex intertwined processes taking as long as up to two decades. The NEP 2020 is heavy on technology. We need to ensure that we have the necessary scientific infrastructure in place, and if not, start developing it right away. Let this not be one of our country’s many socioeconomic plans which is paved with good intentions, but fails the crucial implementation test. India did not get independence on a platter, and the best way to preserve it is to thoroughly overhaul the existing education system.
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