Explained: NEP’s Role in Improving Skills Development in Students


The introduction of the National Education Policy 2020 was a bold move that revolutionized the Indian education industry. It is expected to improve the education standards of students in both schools and colleges. The market’s shift from a learning-based approach to a competency-based model has been attributed to politics.

The proposal to introduce vocational education from the sixth grade and establish a National Committee for the Integration of Vocational Education (NCIVE) is seen as a reform that will surely take the Indian education market to the zenith in times to come.


It is expected that the national education policy will not only reduce the social stigma associated with viewing a vocation as a career opportunity, but will also provide students with a plethora of promising career prospects.

The policy will play a vital role in equipping the country’s workforce to bring about change, especially in educational practices, while emphasizing the development of technical and soft skills among graduate students and post-graduates.

NEP 2020 focuses on employability and recognizes the role of education in providing students with the right skills. The government’s vision through this initiative is to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which strives to ensure inclusive and equitable education as well as promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


The gap between talents and skills exists at different levels and is significant. This affects the employability scenario in almost every industry. According to the International Labor Organization, there will be a skills gap of 29 million by 2030, which will significantly affect the country’s GDP.

Due to this gap, companies are unable to find and recruit talent that matches their expectations due to the lack of futuristic skills. The main reason for this is the inadequacies of our education system as well as companies that do not prioritize on-the-job training. However, the National Education Policy 2020 is seen as a blessing in disguise in such a scenario that will help close this gap by providing students with industry-relevant skills to make them future-ready professionals.


The NEP encourages a move away from conventional content-heavy, rote learning practice towards holistic learning. It instills a creative and multidisciplinary curriculum that also focuses on other subjects such as humanities, sports, fitness, languages, culture, arts, etc. apart from science, math, etc.

The National Education Policy 2020 also recognizes the importance of soft skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, decision making, analytical thinking, resilience, etc. as imperative life skills.

The initiative works with an approach where academic knowledge is transmitted. However, along with this, leadership skills are also instilled in the students so that they can benefit from them in their career trajectory.


NEP 2020 allows foreign universities to set up their campuses and operate in India. This will help students gain access to quality global education as well as international exposure. They will be prepared to compete and be on par with global standards. This will help them to focus on how to shape themselves according to the chosen career path from the start.


NEP 2020 has broken the shackles of subject choices limited to the traditional fields of science, commerce and the humanities. It allows cross-curricular course selection and gives students the opportunity to improve their basic skills. The inclusion of vocational training is also strongly supported by the National Education Policy 2020.


As we head into the fourth phase of the industrial revolution, employers are looking for talent with domain expertise as well as digital knowledge and industry-relevant skills. NEP 2020 is a milestone that will change the face of Indian education system. It is thanks to this initiative that the market will transform significantly and that the changing needs of employers will be taken into account effectively.

The National Education Policy 2020 propagates experiential and competency-based learning. The establishment of such a disruptive initiative is indeed a brave move on the part of the Indian government that certainly deserves our appreciation. However, the fact is that implementing this strong vision is going to be a major challenge.

There are apprehensions but the initiative will certainly receive a positive response over time.

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