Now the current Modi government seems to have started the long work which was undue from the past 34 years. As it was only during Rajiv Gandhi's government tenure when the national education policy was introduced and implemented nationwide.
The Union Cabinet finally approved the new education policy and started the process of radical change in the education system. The education policy made 34 years ago was in force in the country.
Meanwhile, the entire fabric of the country, the world and society has changed, the structure of industries has changed, life behavior has changed, everyone's needs have changed. Obviously, in accordance with all these changes, the education system also needed to be improved.
Given the wide-ranging changes announced in the new policy, at least one thing can be said with confidence that the government has not shown any hesitation about the changes. Whether it is to expand the scope of the education system to include a pre-schooling period of three years, or to make the medium of education at least fifth to the mother tongue or the local or regional language, such big decisions are included in it. Which has been hotly debated in the society.
If education is taken in the mother tongue, then there is no dearth of people who say that knowledge of English has been the biggest strength of 21st century India. Due to this ability, Indians have raised their flags around the world in the field of IT, but experts have long been saying that studying in the mother tongue at an early age helps in the smooth and fast mental development of children. Secondly, the craze that has been created in the middle of English medium schools has widened the gap between the children and damaged the society on many levels.
The practice of early education in the mother tongue will fill this gap a little bit, it will be good for everyone. Likewise, at the college level, many steps have been taken, from undergraduate courses of three or four years and MA to one year to multiple exit, which will make it easier for the Indian education system to keep pace with the rest of the world.
Yes, some announcements have also been made in this which seem prim at first sight and doubt about their implementation is natural. For example, it involves spending six percent of GDP on education, which has been repeated since independence.
This dream can be fulfilled only with the help of private sector in higher education. Therefore, the government should add to this policy the demands that higher education institutions have been making for a long time.
However, it will have to wait a little to see how the new education policy meets the criteria of implementation, hoping for a comprehensive change.
NEP 2020 (New Educational Policy) is in place now and everyone should welcome it first unlike the left-liberal who only cry foul and criticize the government on every doing or deed. So the new education is strong for various reasons and it is special for us because it has come with the promise of New India.