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Opposing NEP not in national interest: Jagdesh Kumar

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By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 19 Jun: Amar Ujala Uttarakhand Samvad programme, held in a local hotel here today had a very interesting session on higher education and new education policy. The panel consisted of M Jagdesh Kumar, Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), Prof Surekha Dangwal who is currently the Vice Chancellor of Doon University and Prof (Dr) Kamal Ghanshala, Chairman of Graphic Era University. The moderator of the discussion was leading TV news anchor from NDTV India, Sumit Awasthi.
Talking on the New Education Policy, UGC Chairman M Jagdesh Kumar sought to clear the doubts about the new education policy. He said that while India is a democratic country where different people can have different opinions, he does not understand why should anyone oppose the New Education Policy 2020. Kumar said that the policy was aimed at making education, including the higher education more rational by reforming the system and to bring changes that can meet the requirements of a changing world. He added that those who were opposing the NEP 2020 were basically opposing the development and the country’s interest.
Kumar also sought to clear the doubt raised by Awasthi that history was being distorted or deleted through changes in NCERT books. Kumar said that NCERT books are written by leading subject matter specialists. The specialists take a lot of feedback and undertake adequate studies and research before making the changes. The NCERT books are incorporating changes as per the latest developments not only in history but also in other subjects and even in science. Kumar asserted that if a better future is to be considered for the country, it can only be realised through education and making education more rational, useful and practical.
Vice Chancellor of Doon University Prof Surekha Dangwal had high praise for New Education Policy 2020 and for UGC chairman Prof M Jagadesh Kumar. She said that the New Education Policy aimed at bringing qualitative improvements in education so that the BTechs and MTechs and PGs passing out from Indian Universities do not have to apply for lower rung posts such as peons and for low salaries. She further asserted that the NEP offered greater freedom to children and it was children centric. It offered several exit points and for those who have aptitude and capability for higher learning to  complete four year UG course and further higher learning. It also offered multiple choices for those undertaking higher education.
Talking about changes in the NCERT books, she said that today students had multiple sources of information due to technological advances and not just the text books. So nothing wrong can be actually taught to the students in contemporary times.
Chairman of Graphic Era University, Prof Kamal Ghanshala too had liberal praise for the New Education Policy. He said that the country was undergoing  a golden era of higher education. Ghanshala also listed his journey from setting up a computer institute to setting up of University and Deemed To  be University. He also praised the reforms in higher education being brought through New Education Policy by M Jagadesh Kumar. He said that norms of NEP  offer distinct courses as compared to the past. He also stressed when he had set up a computer institute with the help of assembled computers, Uttarakhand in general and Dehradun was known for high quality school education, not for higher education. Now Graphic Era University was constantly being ranked among the top hundred universities and at 55 rank this year.
Jagdesh Kumar, who is a former JNU Vice Chancellor also conceded that a very small group of students and faculty engaged in anti-India  propaganda, but majority of students and faculty members were sincere and excellent and it was for this reason that JNU was ranked at the top.