Thoubal College, Thoubal organized a one-day Workshop on New National Education Policy – 2020 sponsored by State Project Directorate, RUSA, Manipur on 9th April, 2020. The event was graced by Shri Th. Shyamo Singh, Chairperson, Thoubal Municipal Council, Thoubal as Chief Guest and Smt. Okram Chaoba Devi, Principal, Thoubal College, Thoubal as President of the Workshop. The main objective of this Workshop was to create awareness about the newly launched National Education Policy-2020 amongst teachers, students, officials, parents and other stakeholders in the higher education system. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the National Education Policy-2020 on July 29, 2020. This is the third Education Policy in India after independence (1968, 1986 and 2020).The new National Educational Policy-2020 seeks to introduce and implement a sea of changes across all levels of education in India, including the essential understanding of education in the country.

Dr. S. Kiran Singh, Assistant Professor from the Department of Education began the session by delivering welcome and keynote address.

The key speaker for the Seminar was Dr. Th. Tilakraj Sngh, Assistant Professor Department of Botany, Ideal Girls College, Akampat and Mr. Lehajuddin, Associate Professor Department of Education, Thoubal College, Thoubal. 

Dr. Th. Tilakraj Singh shared the vision for Higher Education in India – 2020 with a focus on three main elements i.e. Students enrolling in the Higher Education System, Holistic and Multidisciplinary Education and Educational Technology and Online Education. The policy is based on the pillars of “access, equity, quality, affordability, accountability” and will transform India into a “vibrant knowledge hub”. The substantial impetus placed on vocational education or hands-on learning in the new policy will give rise to multiple hybrid jobs. With the rapid progression of information technology, and to be able to offer the students a much broader, multidisciplinary foundation, he expressed the importance of using a holistic and multidisciplinary learning approach which will help the learners adapt and reinvent themselves to the demands of the new hybrid work culture and dynamic socio-cultural changes. He highlighted the National Educational Technology Forum which provides independent evidence-based advice, builds institutional and intellectual capacities, envisions strategic thrust, articulate new directions, and also research. He explained that the regulatory system of higher education will ensure that the distinct functions of regulation, accreditation, funding, and academic standard setting will be performed by distinct, independent, and empowered bodies. These four structures will be set up as four independent verticals within one umbrella institution, the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).

Mr. Lehajuddin shed light on the current state of the Learning Crisis, which gave way to the creation of this new structure i.e., it replaced the 10+2 with 4+3+3+2+3. He point out that M.Phil has been scrapped PhD program can be done after a Masters’ degree or 4-years Bachelor’s Degree. The undergraduate degree will be of either 3 or 4-year duration, with multiple exit options within this period, with appropriate certifications, e.g., a certificate after completing 1 year in a discipline or field including vocational and professional areas, or a diploma after 2 years of study, or a Bachelor’s degree after a 3-year program, the 4th year will mainly base on Research. By 2040, all higher education institutions (HEIs) shall aim to become multidisciplinary institutions, Academic Bank of Credits to be established to facilitate Transfer of Credits .It is said that it is a policy for the 21st century. The policy views Quality Universities and Colleges as part of the New and futuristic Vision for India’s Higher Education System. This policy envisions a complete overhaul and re-energizing of the higher education system to overcome these challenges and thereby deliver high-quality higher education, with equity and inclusion. It aims to make India the global knowledge superpower ensuring equity and Inclusion. He concluded the session by emphasizing the challenges faced in New Education Policy – 2020Around 500 participants participated in this Workshop. Around 500 participants participated in this Workshop.