A postgraduate in Zoology, Pallavi Upadhyaya has more than 20 years of experience in the teaching and administrative department. Before the Principal of DPS – Raj Nagar Extension, she has worked as the Principal, Delhi Public School, Civil Lines Aligarh from April 2013 to September 2014 and continued as the Principal, Delhi Public School, Aligarh from October 2014 till June 2017. She was also appointed as a Member of the Inspection Committee to a number of schools and was a City Coordinator to Conduct the UGC NET from 2015 to 2017.
National Education Policy approved by the Union Cabinet is set to bring about a humongous change in the Indian academic curriculum at school and university level. The policy was long overdue and has been made official after 34 years. Looking at the rapid changes happening around us in the world so closely connected via World Wide Web, it is all the more important to foster the learning of our developing young minds with the capacity to continuously adapt and excel.
The practical learning aspect is rooted for in the new education policy, based upon the experiences drawn from previously implemented policies. It aims to enhance the students’ calibre for facing the global and indigenous challenges in future. The educational resources in the recent past have undergone a transformational change owing to the pandemic and online learning replacing the traditional pen and paper. NEP addresses the concerns of not just students but also teachers, making them more equipped in terms of research, technology and innovation.
The ultimate goal of NEP is to propose a revamped system of education regulation and governance. It strengthens the roots of young minds with their culture and heritage by the inclusion of regional languages and simultaneously prepares them for being self-reliant and competent enough to handle the practical industry challenges. NEP is laying the roadmap for a flexible, all-round growth in the academics. The liberty provided to the learners in terms of choice of their preferred field of study, professional inclinations and interests is a novel approach in stark contrast to the rote learning methodologies which India has always been known for.
The vision for this policy is to promote smart work that bores results which are a value addition in the future endeavours taken by the budding learners. Internships in early classes will be a mirror for the students at early stages about the outcomes and expectations of businesses and industries outside. It will be a carefully planned reinforcement exercise by education authorities directed to facilitate competitive spirit and skill enhancement.
The challenge for this policy remains in its implementation. As the teaching and knowledge disseminating the spirit of experienced educators need not just reform, but upskilling and openness to the new ideas. Also, the Indian education system has always been driven more towards the English language. To break this stereotype for regional languages being less contributing towards a student’s progress will be a milestone. Only a realistic execution framework is needed at each educational institution’s level that ensures a balance between the transition to online learning, grasping abilities of students and the pedagogical ideas discussed in NEP.