A webinar on “National Education Policy 2020: An Overview” was held on 29/09/2020 at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 50, Chandigarh.

The Keynote Speaker on the occasion was Prof. (Dr.) Kuldip Puri from USOL, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

He was formally welcomed by the Principal of the college, Prof.(Dr.) Nisha Aggarwal.

Professor Kuldip initiated his discussion by providing background to the 86th constitutional amendment and RTE Act. He highlighted the main points in the National Education Policy 2020. Some of them have been mentioned below:

The NEP 2020 mentions the challenges facing the higher education system of the nation. It has proposed solutions to these challenges which are based on the principles of flexibility, multilingualism, multidiscipline, ethics, use of technology, etc.

There is a proposal to restructure the educational institutions on the basis of research universities, teaching universities and autonomous colleges granting independent degrees. No standalone institutions will be operational.

It is proposed to have an institution of higher learning in every district on the basis of access, equity and inclusion. The NEP 2020 envisions a minimum of 3000 students in each institution of higher education. This has sparkled fears that many existing institutions may face either closure or merger.

The top 100 international universities will be invited to set up their campuses in India.

The focus of teaching would be on a blend of face to face and digital platforms. The duration of diploma, certificate and degree courses will undergo changes. M. Phil. course will no longer exist. The provisions of lateral entries and changes to CBCS is also recommended.

Though there would be regulatory bodies, in general, the authorities would trust the institution, not sending teams for disclosures and verification.

In the next 15 years, every institution will become self governing with their board of governors fully empowered to take up all independent decision making including the appointments with little or no role for faculty.

There were around 100 students and faculty members attend the webinar on google meet and some of them participated in the question and answer session, which was held at the end of the webinar.

The Dean of the college, Mr. Amarpreet Singh Sijher presented the vote of thanks to the guest.