Highlights of National Education Policy 2020
Designed to be “Light but Tight”, NEP 2020 focuses on the intrinsic value of being Indian and equipping individuals with intellect, knowledge & skills for global well-being. With the promise of one multidisciplinary institution in every district by 2030, the larger goals of NEP is to convert all HEI (higher education institutions) into multidisciplinary institutions.
- Single stream education centers or institutions would slowly shift towards multidisciplinary institutions.
- Engineering, Medical, and Business institutes will be inclusive of arts and humanities and vice versa. The new education policy of India considers science to be an important discipline and path of knowledge for Arts and Humanities students too.
- Vocational Education will be fused into higher and second higher educational bodies phase by phase. By the year 2025, almost 50% of students across the country would have access to Vocational Education in India.
- The new policy is also aimed towards creating a National Research Foundation.
- A Higher Education Commission of India will be created.
- A student can have multiple exit options during a 3-4 year undergraduate degree. There will be a certificate for – 1 year of vocational or professional degree pursuit, 2-year Diploma, or 3-year bachelor program. The preference will lean more towards a 4-year multidisciplinary bachelor program.
- Coding will be a subject for students from std 6th onward. As the future is moving towards more digital literacy, the new education policy of India focuses on equipping students with high Mathematics, and computational skills.
There are numerous details of NEP 2020 which you can read here.
Now let’s come to the main cake here. What is the future of budding or aspiring Doctors and Engineers? There are positive, negative, and mixed reactions to this.
What will be the impact of NEP 2020 on future doctors as of current updated policy?
- Centralized exit examination (National Exit Test – NexT) for MBBS education
- Pluralistic healthcare education and delivery – The proposal of a common foundational course in the first year.
- Increasing the intake of students for Healthcare education – The move was welcomed as it laid down a larger plan. But the final proposal of the policy did not mention anything about this.
- Expanding Post-Graduate Medical Education – There was a huge shortage/gap between the number of seats for MBBS and seats for Post Graduation in Medicine. The draft of NEP 2020 discussed this but failed to include it in the final proposal.
What will be the impact of NEP 2020 on future Engineers as of current updated policy?
- Introducing Coding from class 6
- Building National Research Foundation
- Pushing current educational models towards job oriented skills
- Vocational Education and productive exits from courses.