The North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) hosted an online panel discussion on the importance of the New National Education Policy (NEP) and its implementation in the Northeast context.
NEHU VC Prof. PSShukla gave an in-depth presentation on the progressive and beneficial aspects of NEP.
He referred to the seamless student mobility offered by the NEP between disciplines and universities, multiple entry and exit points, flexible teaching-learning procedures and, overall, the removal of rigid borders in the development of a choice-based curriculum and diploma framework.
Professor SMSungoh, a renowned NEHU educator, presented the NEP framework in detail.
She contributed to a comprehensive roadmap on curriculum development and institutional restructuring for integrated teaching-learning research and funding prospects, which is integrated into the NEP.
She highlighted how the NEP promises to facilitate access and equity in education for socio-economically disadvantaged people and advocated the need for more inclusive education with a greater emphasis on studies on the gender and disability as well as incorporating greater participation for gender, in particular disabled and disadvantaged people. in each segment of higher education as defined in the NEP.
Professor Nandita Narain of the University of Delhi and former President of the Teachers’ Association of the Federation of Central Universities stressed the need for a critical assessment of the realities on the ground.
She pointed out many ills of the current system, in particular the lack of facilities for having a high class, which has grown with OBC bookings.
She also highlighted the bleak picture of the digital divide and the fall in the transmission of appropriate educational content in the online education system.
She stressed the need for a critical mass of academics and intellectuals who would not only develop a greater sensitivity to where the education system leaves the various sections dry, but also make their voices heard. for the recruitment of teachers on a permanent basis as the NEP is planning massive expansion projects.
She called for at least 10% of total budget spending to be spent on education so that publicly funded education is not commercialized and access to education is equitable for all sections. of Indian society.
Renowned NEHU sociologist Professor DVKumar, who has just published a famous book on The Idea of the University, highlighted the positive and negative aspects of NEP.
He wondered how beautiful it would be to see a broad interdisciplinary educational framework when a humanities student can learn physics or a physics student can learn history, which he believes would be capable of. to create a much more balanced and equipped environment. generation of learners, teachers and researchers.
Professor Nikhil Chrungoo, a seasoned scientist and renowned educator, highlighted several lines of possibilities emerging from the process of implementing a multidisciplinary education structure, which requires internal reform and readjustments of the sort.
The problem of accessing online courses requires the urgent creation of the best infrastructure so that the issues of maintaining quality are properly addressed, he said.
Prof. H. Srikanth focused his discussion in the context of the NIRF ranking and emphasized the development of appropriate pedagogy and the incorporation of ethical standards as developed in the NEP.
He focused on maintaining diversity and removing existing gaps and inequalities between metropolitan universities and universities in other nooks and crannies of the country.
Renowned environmental scientist Professor OPSingh stressed the need for a step-by-step implementation starting with high school and post-secondary programs through to honors programs so that student foundations are strengthened through a basic teaching-learning framework.
Professor Donkupar Syiem, Professor Xavier P. Mao, Dr Marbhador M Khymdeit and Dr Prasenjit Biswas, as coordinators of NEHUTA, announced that NEHUTA, as a leading academic body in the North East , will organize larger symposia and discussion forums to ensure that many more participants present their views on NEP.