In the recent times, there has been a drastic shift towards e-learning, especially with it having an upper hand in adaptbility, accesbility and the range of options available over traditional educational settings. The Union government also approved the National Education Policy in 2020. What are the likely changes to take place in the Education sector in the years to come? Here’s what the Professors have to say:
Providing students with academic freedom to study what they would like to is important because the student enjoyes what they learn. Adding to that, flexibility in the courses the studdents opt for and provision of opportunities to them are of utmost importance, says professor Kiran Jeevan from the social work department of St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous). The NEP lets the students follow their passion and use their capabilities to their maximum extent.
When asked on the implementation of NEP in St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) as per the regulations of the Karnataka Government, he says that the Bangalore University has provided the college with the syllabus. The college is working on implementing it to the fresh batch of students that have come in this year.
Mr. Jeevan also proposes the Continuous and comprehensive evaluation system for gauging the students as periodical examinations aren’t the best method to find out the capability of a learner. He also requests students to base their choice of college on the values the institution provides to them instead of the rankings they receive in magazines.
Professor Mini Mark Bonjour, Department of English, SJC says the NEP will definitely bring about major changes. There will ‘no more EJP’ she says, referring to the triple major course of English, Journalism, and Psychology. Instead, the NEP proposes a double major system and gives the studemt an choice of choosing an elective for each semester. However, under any circumstance, the welfare of the students will remain the prime focus of the college as they are major stakeholders in education, she adds.
Both the professors agree that the policy is vague and further clarification from the government is required regarding how to go about it further. It is also essential to ensure the required infrastructure in terms of college campus facilities and job availability in the market are present in the country for the NEP to be implemented in a well-planned manner. “Education is fundamental for achieving full human potential, developing an equitable and just society, and promoting national development.” says the NEP, and for this to take place, proper planning and implementation is the key.