The New National Education Policy (NEP 2020), which was launched on Wednesday, 29th July, has been the hot topic for the past couple of weeks. In order to understand the various nuances of the NEP 2020 an e-Workshop was organised by Association of Chhattisgarh Christian Educational Societies (ACCES) & MGM Group of Educational Institutions , Bhilai.
The webinar named Unlock NEP 2020 commenced with the opening remarks by Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese, Secretary, ACCES & Education Officer, MGM Group. He stated that NEP 2020 is based on the pillars of “access, equity, quality, affordability, accountability”. It also attempts to align to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations. He gave a bird’s eye view of the overall changes which has been proposed in the New Education Policy 2020.
H.G. Robert Ali, Bishop of CNI Chhattisgarh Diocese, welcomed the Resource persons and participants of the e – workshop. H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan, Vice President, ACCES & President of MGM Group, emphasised the importance of an educational Policy in a developing country like India. He stressed on three important facets of National Heritage on education, present educational requirement and also the future scope and challenges in the field of education.
The first technical Session was on School Education and NEP led by Fr. Sunny Jacob SJ, Secretary , Jesuit Education of South Asia. He gave a detailed analysis of the vision and principles of NEP 2020. He explained in detail the various structural changes proposed in NEP and also the prospects of holistic development of Learners.
The second Session focused on Higher Education and NEP. Fr. Dr. Paul Pudussery, former H.O.D, Don Bosco University, Guwahati threw light on the different changes brought in the new policy. He spoke on the scrapping of UGC and formation of Higher Education of commission of India (HECI) and on He threw light on the. It was also highlighted that similar to the abandoned Four Year Undergraduate Programme of Delhi University, the four-year programme proposed in the new NEP, also offers multiple exit options after every year of study. The system of Academic Bank of credit is hoped to help the students to mould their academic and career paths.
H.G. Dr. Victor Henry Thakur, President ACCES & Archbishop of Raipur in the his concluding remarks welcomed the bright areas of the NEP. It was also pointed out that if the ambiguity in certain areas are not cleared, it may lead to problems during the stage of implementation.
Vote of Thanks was proposed by Fr. Maneesh Anthony who is serving as the Education Secretary of Jagdalpur Diocese and Principal of Prakash Vidyala, Kirandul. The workshop Broadcast Manager is Mr. Michael Fernandez, IT Head, MGM Group of Institutions.