NEP 2020 Focuses on “How to Think” and Not “What to Think”, Says PM Narendra Modi

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    PM Modi Says the National Education Policy Will Give New Direction to Education in the 21st Century
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    At the Conclave of Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy on Friday, PM Narendra Modi put forth specific insights into the NEP 2020. The Cabinet of Ministers passed the National Education Policy on July 30th. It was done in a move to revise the current education system, which is prevalent in India. The NEP received both – love and critique. Despite all the buzz, it is essential to realize the importance of this policy.

    What did PM Modi Say?

    Here are a few points the Prime Minister highlighted about NEP:

    • The kind of education system prevalent in India has led to “herd mentality” and “rat-race.”
    • Students under the predominant curriculum lack the passion for learning and innovating.
    • It is crucial to make the curriculum “inquiry-based,” “discovery-based,” and “discussion-based” so that the students can develop critical and analytical thinking.
    • The NEP has a mandate that will allow students to envision a completely novel dimension of “How to Think” and not the usual “What to Think.”
    • Furthermore, NEP is adept at making students future-ready. In the current scenario, it is quite evident that no one will commit themselves entirely to a single occupation.
    • For such a modification, a holistic and multifaceted approach is required, and NEP will promise such guidance.
    • Globalisation of education is an ambivalent move, says PM Modi. As far as the autonomy of the higher educational institutions is concerned, it solely depends upon the degree of hard work it puts in.
    • Lastly, NEP will teach all the values and traditions which a parent wishes their child to grow up.

    What is the Suspected Aftermath?

    According to many experts, there are both positive as well as negative sides of the NEP.

    PROS:

    • Students will gain critical and analytical thinking abilities because they wouldn’t have to focus on a particular study stream.
    • Extra and co-curricular activities, along with regular studies, will keep the child mentally and physically healthy.
    • The development of the new educational institutes and modern teaching methods will put the students at par with global trends.

    CONS:

    • If the higher educational institutions get their autonomy, then the cost of education will soar up.
    • People would not be able to afford higher education.
    • National Funding Bodies like UGC, AICTE, etc. will be dissolved.
    • Teachers will have to go through a lot of cumbersome training.

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