COVID has redefined education and highlighted the need for interdisciplinary knowledge: Jamia VC Naj- Edexlive

COVID has redefined education and highlighted the need for interdisciplinary knowledge: Jamia VC Naj- Edexlive

The arrival of COVID-19 has opened up all of the fault traces of the pre-pandemic mind-set, studying, working and residing, mentioned Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Prof Najma Akhtar. “The post-COVID world can be very completely different and it’ll redefine each sphere of human life. This requires bringing collectively all human capabilities within the type of numerous interdisciplinary information and practices. Subsequently, this Nationwide Training Coverage (NEP) has been launched at a really applicable time. Its multidisciplinary standing can be examined proper now,” she added. Prof Najma Akhtar was talking on the Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Larger Training alongside Prof M Ok Sridhar, who was a member of the committee that drafted the NEP and English and Overseas Languages College (EFLU), Hyderabad, Prof E Suresh Kumar in a session chaired by UGC Chairman D P Singh.  

Talking concerning the new disciplines and exponential progress of information within the 21st century, Akhtar mentioned, “Such issues have emerged that require a multidisciplinary method to resolve and deal with. The NEP takes care of this in a holistic method. The world is present process speedy modifications within the information panorama that are predominantly scientific and technological in nature. With the rise in Large Knowledge, Machine Studying, Synthetic Intelligence and the demand for STEM topics built-in with Humanities and Arts will give rise to a brand new type of work that can require learners to be geared up with a brand new mixture of information and expertise as an alternative of separate information of Science and Humanities.”

Speaking about how the current training system focuses extra on theoretical information with a lesser emphasis on expertise, Prof Kumar mentioned that extra emphasis is laid on rote studying and scoring marks. “Honing of expertise have taken a backseat. Among the faculties have turn into air-conditioned poultry farms,” he mentioned. He acknowledged that the NEP has addressed all issues that come up out of a theory-focused training. “College students are pursuing one course after the opposite with no correct aim. Ought to we be joyful that India has a majority of kids or ought to we be sad that a few of them are unemployable even with a first-class diploma? College students needs to be the energy of the nation and never a burden,” mentioned Kumar. The brand new NEP will present ample flexibility and can create a number of job alternatives for multidisciplinary combos, he added.

Since a majority of Indians are multilingual, their brains have enhanced cognitive flexibility, mentioned Kumar. Citing the findings from EFLU’s Multi Leela, a Four-year venture in collaboration with British Council, College of Cambridge and College of Studying, he mentioned, “Kids who study in the identical medium of directions because the language spoken of their houses will carry out higher in quite a few and cognitive duties. The NEP is true in making regional language obligatory on the school-level and imparting training in regional language as much as class 5. With slightly help, Indian youth may be transformed from job seekers to job suppliers.”  

Whereas there’s a must develop international residents, who’ve a worldwide imaginative and prescient and issues, there’s additionally a necessity to remain related to the roots, Singh mentioned. “The NEP focuses on the best way to inculcate the values of Indian tradition and be accountable residents whereas additionally excited about international growth. That is what makes it futuristic.” He mentioned the coverage additionally highlights fairness and inclusion. “By 2030, one massive multidisciplinary increased training establishment will come up close to each district,” he acknowledged.

Launched after deliberations that final 5 years, the NEP’s journey was highlighted by Sridhar. He mentioned, “The aspirations of the folks is essential to be thought of whereas framing any coverage. The committees did an enormous session with all of the stakeholders with a bottom-up method that was participatory, inclusive, multidimensional.” He acknowledged that the coverage was consulted with 1,10,623 villages, 3250 blocks, 962 city native our bodies, 406 districts, 29 states, 31 ministries, 76 MPs earlier than it was introduced on July 29.

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