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Important Update Regarding implementation of National Education Policy NEP 2020

Important Update Regarding implementation of National Education Policy NEP 2020

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Towards smooth National Education Policy NEP 2020 implementation Jammu Kashmir has conceived a slew of measures to ensure that the new education policy is implemented in its true spirit.

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The Jammu Kashmir Govt. has conceived a slew of steps for smooth
implementation of the National Education Policy  NEP 2020 and also to
bring reforms in the education sector.

The Higher Education and School Education departments are on toes to
finalize the policies for implementation of the National Education Policy NEP 2020 from the
current academic session for which the Jammu Kashmir Govt. has already
decided to shift the academic session to July month from the current
academic session for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).

National Education Policy NEP 2020:

Notably, a meeting was convened by the Jammu Kashmir Chief Secretary Arun
Kumar Mehta with the Vice Chancellors (VCs) of the Jammu Kashmir Universities
to discuss the action taken and progress achieved under New Education
Policy (National Education Policy NEP 2020) and implementation of its key initiatives during the
current academic session.

The meeting was attended by VCs of all Jammu Kashmir universities, while
some members from Central University Jammu and Kashmir attended the
meeting as well.

All the VCs shared their suggestions on various activities and
programmes for successful implementation of National Education Policy NEP 2020. During the
meeting, the Jammu Kashmir Chief Secretary issued several directions to the
VCs for implementation of National Education Policy NEP 2020 following which slew of steps have
been taken for implementation of the new policy in the education sector.

Notably, the committee was constituted to formulate a uniform
academic calendar for all the Jammu Kashmir universities which will be in sync
with the National Academic Calendar.

The committee has already started its work on it. Some
recommendations have been already put forward by the concerned dean
academic affairs of the Universities in Kashmir division to the director
colleges.

The recommendations will be incorporated with the inputs given by the VCs and the Deans of the Universities in Jammu division.

The Govt. is also mulling to come up with a Uniform Public and
Private Universities Act (BILL) for which the Higher Education
Department has been tasked to prepare a draft Public Universities Act
and Private Universities Act.

For this a sub-committee of Vice Chancellors of Universities is to
be constituted who will formulate the Act and later will be introduced
by the Jammu Kashmir Govt.. This will be for the first time that all
Jammu Kashmir Universities will have a common University Act.

The Uniform Act for all Jammu Kashmir universities will bring all the
universities on a common platform. All the administrative and academic
decisions will be in sync with each other.

Besides other reforms, the Common University Act will also empower
the Cluster University Jammu and Cluster University Srinagar. Till now
the Cluster University has been only enjoying the autonomy on holding
examination of the University and its constituent colleges which has
created impediments in the growth of the cluster universities.

National Education Policy NEP 2020: Once the common University Act will be in place, all the
constituent colleges of the both the Cluster Universities will be fully
transferred to the concerned University. Till now, both the Cluster
Universities are under the administrative control of the Higher
Education Department (HED) but the introduction of common University Act
will empower the Cluster Universities and take them at par with other
Jammu Kashmir universities. The Cluster Universities will be empowered with
the administrative and financial autonomy besides will be empowered to
make all the recruitments as well. The Govt. has already decided to
introduce the Four Year Under-Graduate Programme (FYUGP) in higher
educational institutions as per UGC-Curricular Framework and Credit
System from the academic session 2022-23.

The Govt. has drafted an action plan in this regard and the
course will be introduced in the colleges from the current academic
session. Also, the Govt. has entrusted the higher educational
institutions to have e-content available for the students to deliver
online courses. This will also cater to shortage of staff.

Notably, the degree colleges across Jammu Kashmir are hit with dearth of
staff for the last many years. Also, the Jammu Kashmir Govt. is also
mulling to hold admission through Common University Entrance Test (CUET)
from the next academic session (2023-2024).

The Universities have been asked to make a road map for the new
initiative which will be in place from the next academic session. In
this regard the Jammu Kashmir Higher Education Department will constitute
committee of Vice Chancellors to formulate mechanism for the same. As of
now, all the Universities in Jammu Kashmir used to hold separate admission
process for students aspiring to pursue different Post Graduate, diploma
and other courses from the concerned university.

But from the next academic session, the students will appear in a common university entrance to pursue higher studies.

With the implementation of National Education Policy NEP 2020, the Jammu Kashmir Govt. has also
shifted focus on accreditation, autonomy and ranking of the colleges.

The Govt. has directed the HED to frame a time-line for
achieving autonomy to all GDCs in a phased manner. Notably, a
three-member team from the University Grants Commission (UGC) which was
tasked with recommending autonomous status for Govt. Degree College
(GDC) Boys Baramulla recently held its two-day visit of the college.
The team has already shared its findings with director Colleges Jammu Kashmir.
Also, most of the colleges are yet to get NAAC accreditation.

NAAC Ranking

The NAAC ranking is given on the basis of the achievements in the
academics as well as in infrastructural standards. Besides, research
work and exchange programmes are counted while evaluating the College
for NAAC ranking.

A college being accredited signifies that it has met certain
standards of excellence across its operations. Apart from making an
educational institution eligible for grants from the union Govt.
there are major benefits for students if a college has a NAAC
accreditation.

National Education Policy NEP 2020: The Higher Education Department will also go for
rationalization of the existing faculty among all the GDCs in order to
maintain student teacher ratio and availability of teachers in all GDCs,
subject wise courses.

As part of the FYUGP, the department will also go for sharing of
existing resources in GDCs within the Higher Educational Institutions
(HEIs) on Meta or Cluster Model for proper utilization of resources.
This will help the Govt. to implement FYUGP in all college which
are otherwise offering admission in selected courses.

The Govt. is also mulling for establishment of Research and
Innovation centres in Hub and spoke model in HEIs of Jammu Kashmir and will
also introduce robust and transparent feedback mechanism in all the
Universities and HEIs in order to enhance the quality of education and
scope of improvement in academic system.

The Govt. will also adopt active bio-metric entry mechanism
where in only bona-fide persons to be allowed entry in the institutions.
This will curb the alleged anti social activities in HEIs.

National Education Policy NEP 2020: All the stakeholders need to put their heads together to
realise the objectives of the National Education Policy NEP 2020 and facilitate implementation of
the flagship programme as early as possible.

Students cannot be made to suffer for any kind of delay in
implementing the policy as it will have adverse impact on their academic
prospects.

The Govt. must finalise all academic arrangements to be put in
place for National Education Policy NEP 2020 urgently so that the admissions take place in time
and the crucial time of students is not wasted.

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