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RETHINKING INDIA

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A new national learning curve

The recently approved National Education Policy 2020 presents an ambitious vision and a daunting execution challenge. Mint invited luminaries of Krea University’s governing council to share their perspectives

NEP 2020 shifts the focus from just functional excellence to a more holistic liberal education, with fluid borders between arts and sciences
NEP 2020 shifts the focus from just functional excellence to a more holistic liberal education, with fluid borders between arts and sciences

Critical thinking will drive the design of curriculum

The challenge will be to train faculty to be able to understand and deliver the new educational model

Students continue to face competitive entrance exams for higher education, meaning there is a parallel system of cramming through coaching centres to meet the demand. (Photo: Mint)
Students continue to face competitive entrance exams for higher education, meaning there is a parallel system of cramming through coaching centres to meet the demand. (Photo: Mint)

The new design will lessen the need for coaching centres

Teachers crucially influence our young in their early years; improving the skills and quality of teachers is essential

The NEP seeks to position education as a cradle of innovation during a time of transformation (Photo: Hindustan Times)
The NEP seeks to position education as a cradle of innovation during a time of transformation (Photo: Hindustan Times)

NEP puts the spotlight on vocational courses

The new system envisaged here emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving via experiential learning

Learning English is just part of being a global citizen (Photo: Alamy)
Learning English is just part of being a global citizen (Photo: Alamy)

Being rooted in local language is key

Youngsters need to learn English but it doesn’t need to be at the cost of local knowledge, language or history

Development of legal writing, court skills are key to grasp the profession’s complexities. (Photo: Hindustan Times)
Development of legal writing, court skills are key to grasp the profession’s complexities. (Photo: Hindustan Times)

A clear roadmap is crucial for policy implementation

Ensuring that talented students get equal chances irrespective of socioeconomic strata would be a challenge

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