Key Takeaways from the NEP: Multidisciplinary Approach, Emphasis On Skills and Building of Specialisations

From a single regulator in higher education to a multidisciplinary approach, the NEP plans to transform the educational landscape of India.

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After a prolonged wait and much anticipation, India has finally welcomed its New Education Policy(NEP). One of the central and most important aspects of the NEP is that it has laid extreme emphasis on the need to look at education from the multidisciplinary approach. 

The Human Resource Development Ministry which released the NEP has said that one of its major targets would be to increase the rate of enrolment in India by at least 50% by 2035.

 The makers of the NEP proudly say that the new education policy will make education a more holistic and meaningful experience for the students through a multidisciplinary approach. 

The Ministry has also said that from now on there will only be one single regulator of all education activity including teacher education namely the Higher Education Council of India(HECI).

One of the central contentions of the NEP is that it will aim for making education flexible and broad based. This means that all institutions of education and higher learning that are focused on a single stream of knowledge will be required to become multidisciplinary by 2030. Moreover, it has also been proposed that the four-year undergraduate program in Liberal Arts Science Education will again be introduced to the system and M.Phil will be scrapped. 

It has also been underlined that the purpose of the program will be to help develop useful capacities while offering rigorous specialisations across disciplines. To do a Ph.D candidates will need either need a Master’s degree or a four-year along with research according to the NEP.

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