360-degree transformation is needed in the new education policy 2020
An international dialogue was organized by Arya Group Media Network, the subject of which was to prepare a report in consultation with national and international subject experts on the need and relevance of 'India's new education policy 2020'.
Speaking at the beginning of the webinar, PM Bhardwaj, who was the CMD of four government companies, said that what were the reasons that we had to change the education policy of India made in 1986 by making radical changes? What were its shortcomings and what was special? If we do not think deeply and analyze these points then we will not be able to do justice to the new education policy, which is going to emerge as a new era in India's education. PM Bharadwaj recommended the linkage of industry and academia. PM Bhardwaj praised Critical Thinking between classes 9 to 12, saying that this model will introduce new innovative thinking as well as research-based training in students which will include experiential learning as well as experimental learning.
Prof DP Sharma, a member of the International Research Commission and an international consultant for IT at the International Labour Organization (United Nations), said that change is the eternal rule of the world and nothing is permanent in the world except change. He said that if any system or policy completes tenure of 10 years, it needs to be completely redefined and redesigned. If a policy continues in its old ways, then the situation can come up that the management and governance of that system or policy gets out of control i.e. uncontrollable and unmanageable. Today's education policy is the need of the hour, which the current government has made in consultation with the public on a priority basis, in which the contribution of Kasturirangan, former director and eminent scientist of India's Space Research Centre is historical and incomparable.
Criticizing the old education policy, Dr. Sharma said that if the 1986 education policy was made in consultation with India's needs, India's glorious historical education model, and public opinion, perhaps universities of India is also among the top 100 ranked universities in the world. Involved but regretted that the education policy that the then experts created sitting in the air condition room was made keeping in mind the 180-degree future which was nothing new except the cut-paste of western education policy. He said that the world is made up of 360 degrees and in 180 degrees of history, what was our culture, what was civilization, what was economics, what were social structures, if any education policy will be made by ignoring all these factors, then it will not be successful. Praising the new education policy 2020, he said that the new education policy has been formulated in consultation with those for whom the education policy has been made and after consulting with more than 2 lakh people, in which the 180 degrees past and 180-degree future arrangements have been made keeping in mind the future. If the same education policy had been in place in 1986, India would have been the educational icon of the world.
Dr. Sharma said that we review the old researches so that the new outputs of the research could be advance. Why people from America and Europe do not come to India to study while we go there? After all, why not Indians who send their talent to America and Europe invite the American and European students for education in India?
Giving the example of the project design pedagogy of the United Nations, Dr. Sharma said that whenever a problem is to be solved, first of all, we have to make a problem tree and study the direction and conditions of the problems. We can build a successful solution only on the basis of the problem tree, but the old education policy was designed keeping in mind the future in which the old education policies and their weak and strong aspects were not rigorously studied and that was the biggest mistake. Dr. Sharma said that our education policy lacked practical orientation, research orientation, innovation orientation, entrepreneurship orientation, human value orientation, honesty orientation and ethics orientation.
Dr. Sharma strongly criticized the "Educational Ethnic Casteism" within the country, asking why India's educational institutions, which are called elite even after billions of rupees spent, remain in the bottom category of universities and educational institutions of the world. Why don't we redefine and reshape these nobility standards?
Prof Sandeep Sancheti, Vice-Chancellor of SRM University and formerly Director of 4 National Institute of Government of India, said that the old education policy was based on the old context, needs, and the necessary technical model of the then education and the new education policy came because every education policy has a time period of its own and is fixed. He said that I do not believe that there was any deficiency in the old education policy but the new education policy 2020 is the need of the hour. Prof Sancheti said that due to adequate autonomy, educational institutions will no longer be able to question institutions like UGC or AICTE in case of failure from now onwards.
Director of Arya Group of Colleges, Dr. Arvind Aggarwal said that this education policy is skeptical of the enrolment rate in the country Instead of bringing foreign universities, it would have been better if the government invited foreign university professor to teach here. Referring to the lack of infrastructure in rural areas, Dr. Aggarwal said that in the current situation how will this education policy be able to get on the ground? Dr. Pooja Agarwal said that unless we give the basic requirement of education i.e. employment-oriented education, how will the new education policy succeed with its true form? Dr. Pooja Agarwal advocated for harmony between students and teachers. Dr. Pooja stated the need to change the teaching methodology with the inclusion of information technology; a nationwide entrance test recommended a historical step.
Rajiv Dwivedi, Associate Vice President of Dainik Bhaskar, while opposing the new education policy, said that this is the beginning of a new era. The students will be taught the topics of early-stage interest. He said that the evaluation of students will not only be teachers but their classmates will also do it and parents too. This is a huge collaborative change. All the speakers praised the merger of various organizations like AICTE, UGC, NITTTR, NAC, etc.