Tweets on multi-disciplinary approach, technology, sports studies and more
Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank encouraged students to read the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, while answering queries on it on social media on October 1.
The minister was answering questions on his official Twitter handle @DrRPNishank.
Pokhriyal had tweeted on September 28, inviting questions from students on NEP 2020 under the hashtag #NEPTransformingIndia.
From technical education and sports studies, Pokhriyal dwelt on a range of topics.
Answering a question from @SubuddhiSwagata on when NEP2020 would be implemented, Pokhriyal replied: “#Implementation plan of #NEP2020 is under preparation with due consultation with various stakeholders.The actual implementation will be carried out as per the timelines envisaged in #NEP. #NEPTransformingIndia”.
Through his tweets, the minister explained how NEP2020 had been drawn up by the government through an exhaustive consultation process, which included putting up the first draft of the policy in the public domain in 2015 for inputs and comments from all sections of society. Nearly 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across 676 districts were part of this consultation process. Draft #NEP 2019 summary was brought out in 22 regional languages and as many audiobooks.
Asked whether the state governments, which are equal stakeholders in education, had been consulted, Pokhriyal tweeted: “Education dialogue was held with Hon'ble MPs & extensive discussions in Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD also took place. This makes NEP one of the most extensively consulted documents.”
@RohanRa89356308 asked if students can choose subjects from different streams in Class Xl
Minister: #NEP recommends no hard separation between arts and science and provides for flexibility in choosing subjects. The National Curriculum Framework, being prepared by @ncert, will incorporate the above elements. #NEPTransformingIndia.
Flexible master’s programmes
Higher education institutions will offer different designs in master’s courses — two-year programme with the second year devoted entirely to research for those who have completed a three-year bachelor’s course; one-year master’s programme for students with a four-year bachelor’s degree with research and an integrated five-year bachelor’s/master’s programme. A PhD will require either a master’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree with research.
@arunkiran5555 asked about the role of physical education teachers and sports syllabus in NEP 2020
Minister: Sports-integrated learning will be undertaken in classroom transactions to help students adopt fitness as a lifelong attitude & to achieve the related life-skills along with the levels of fitness as envisaged in the #FitIndiaMovement. #NEPTransformingIndia
Sports-integrated learning will be undertaken in classroom transactions to help students adopt fitness as a lifelong attitude & to achieve the related life-skills along with the levels of fitness as envisaged in the #FitIndiaMovement. #NEPTransformingIndia https://t.co/0pPWxobpC0— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) October 1, 2020
Technology in education
Minister: Keeping in view the present #pandemic situation & any such situation that may arise in future, #NEP has put great emphasis on the use of technology & online #education for children. Online platforms such as @SWAYAMMHRD, #DIKSHA will be expanded. #NEPTransformingIndia.
Bagless days in school
Students of classes VI to XII will be able to take up online vocational courses and have internship opportunities to learn vocational subjects during their 10 bagless days in school every academic session.
All students will participate in a 10-day bagless period sometime during Grades 6-8 where they intern with local #vocational experts such as carpenters, gardeners, potters, artists, etc. #NEPTransformingIndia https://t.co/as97EKt6tl— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) October 1, 2020
Primary school teacher
Minister: #NEP proposes a four-year B.Ed integrated course as a preferred degree for becoming #teachers by 2030. At present, D.El.Ed. with TET or B.Ed with six months bridge course within two years of appointment and TET are eligible for becoming a primary teacher. #NEPTransformingIndia
The #multidisciplinary & flexible degree courses with multiple entry-exit options will be implemented with a provision of an Academic Bank of Credit (ABC), which would digitally store the academic credits earned from various recognized HEIs.
“The degrees from an HEI can be awarded, taking the credits earned into account. The same credits and certificate thus awarded will be valid for jobs #NEPTransformingIndia,” Pokhriyal explained in another tweet.
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