17 June 2024

Reviewing 2023: The Evolution of Higher Education under NEP 2020

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As the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) marks its third anniversary, the landscape of higher education has seen a notable transformation. Embracing the NEP’s framework, universities and colleges are undergoing a series of changes, aiming to align themselves with its vision. Vipin Jain, principal of TMIMT College of Management, highlighted the varying degrees of implementation across institutions. While some institutions have wholeheartedly embraced the holistic approach, integrating practical knowledge and life skills, others face challenges in fully committing to these ideals.

NEP 2020 has ushered in a significant shift in higher education, emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach. The policy calls for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to evolve into multidisciplinary entities by 2040, with a student base of 3,000 or more. Yajulu Medury, vice chancellor of Mahindra University, stressed the introduction of diverse courses transcending traditional academic boundaries. Collaborative efforts between departments have led to interdisciplinary programs, equipping students with a comprehensive skill set.

However, institutes underscore the necessity of government support to realize this vision. Adequate financial investment in infrastructure, faculty recruitment, and technological upgrades is pivotal. Akash Sharma, director of admission and outreach at Noida International University, emphasized the need for increased funding for research and innovation, fostering an environment conducive to academic expansion. Inclusivity and accessibility, backed by student aid programs, are crucial to fostering a diverse student body.

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