PM Modi reviews implementation of new education policy, calls for development of blended learning : The Tribune India


New Delhi, May 7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday advocated the development of a hybrid online and offline learning system to avoid overexposure of schoolchildren to technology, as he chaired a high-level meeting to review the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP).

The new policy is being rolled out with goals of access, equity, inclusiveness and quality, he said, according to an official statement.

Modi said databases run by anganwadi centers should be seamlessly integrated with school records when children move there from anganwadi, and called for their regular health checks and screening in schools with using technology.

Emphasizing the use of locally developed toys to develop students’ conceptual skills, he also suggested that secondary schools with science labs should engage with farmers in their area for soil testing, says the press release.

Welcoming the new education policy, he said, special efforts to track out-of-school children and bring them back into the mainstream and the introduction of multiple entry and exit to higher education, many Transformative reforms have been launched which will define and direct the country’s progress as it enters the ‘Amrit Kaal’.

Modi was informed that the work of formulating the National Curriculum Framework under the guidance of the National Steering Committee is ongoing.

In school education, initiatives such as quality ECCE in ‘Balavatika’, NIPUN Bharat, Vidya Pravesh, examination reforms and innovative pedagogies such as arts-embedded education, toys are adopted for better learning outcomes and holistic development of children, the statement said. .

Referring to multidisciplinarity in higher education, he said he was informed that the guidelines for multiple entry-exit for flexibility and lifelong learning as well as the launch of the academic credit bank on the digilocker platform will now allow students to study according to their convenience and choice.

In order to create new opportunities for lifelong learning and centrally involve critical and interdisciplinary thinking in learners, UGC has issued guidelines that students can pursue two academic programs simultaneously.

The National Higher Education Qualifications Framework (NHEQF) is also at an advanced stage of preparation, while the UGC is revising the curriculum framework and credit system for the undergraduate program in alignment with the NHEQF, he said.

Norma A. Roth