Prof. (Dr.) Sanjiv Marwah is currently Director at JK Business School and has been an academic leader as a Director at MM University, Mullana, and Era Business School. He has been a Professor and Head of Marketing at Apeejay School of Management while spearheading the CRC which was developed and nurtured as a Business School Innovation. Management Trainee till Regional Head from DCM to Onida writing success stories in the corporate sector in India before leading to academic life at the age of 32 after 10 eventful years. As Founder Dean of School of Management and allied departments at MM University, he expanded undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level programs.
The recently introduced National Education Policy by the Government of India provides a comprehensive framework for the development of the Indian education system. The key focus of NEP 2020 is to impart equitable, high-quality, and holistic education for the development of one and all.
Earlier, the knowledge that was being imparted did not find a great application in the real business world. With NEP 2020, the Government aims to impart practical and skill-oriented knowledge which will be useful in the real business world. Providing students, the appropriate amount of exposure to the real business world is also one of the targets of this policy. The execution of this policy demands time and efforts but once implemented, all sectors will benefit from this. India will gain from this move in the next 40-50 years.
Furthermore, students can choose their preferred subjects in 9th grade itself, thereby giving them the opportunity to excel in the area of their interest. Vocational integration will be from 6th grade onwards. 5+3+3+4 structure will be followed. The changes mentioned above will help students gain expertise and detailed knowledge in the field they want to pursue in the future. The curriculum of colleges and schools will become more meticulous, accurate, austere and skill-oriented. A multidisciplinary and comprehensive education system will pave the way for dynamic personnel.
NEP 2020 intends to surge the use of technology in education planning, administration, management, teaching, learning, and assessment. Virtual labs would also be built. All these actions will make India technologically advanced and upgrade its education system.
With the internationalization of education, the Indian education system will be on par with other countries. Similar to other countries, the duration of graduation in India will now be for four years. This will tremendously benefit both; the students and the nation. It would also attract foreign students. The internationalization of education will guide the development of India and make it more technology-based.
The current business world heavily relies on technology for its functioning, and this is going to increase in the future. Due to this policy, students will be introduced to technology at a very early age, and they will be well acquainted with its operations. This policy will play a pivotal role in upskilling the students and making them more tech-savvy; ultimately resulting in the technological advancement of the country.
Opening up of Indian higher education to foreign universities will also play a huge role in the growth and development of our country. The world’s top 100 universities will be facilitated to open up their campuses and operate in our country. This way, students will not have to spend millions of dollars to go to these universities, and they will receive a top-notch education in their own country. India can benefit from the latest high-tech education and resources. This is a major step towards building a new India.
Another major reform is multiple entries and exit points, incorporating credit transfer and academic bank for credits in graduation. Through this, students can study at their own convenience. If a student completes only one year, a basic certificate will be given, if he or she completes two years, then a Diploma certificate will be provided, and if he or she completes the full course, then a degree certificate will be given. Thus, no year of any student will go in vain if he or she leaves a course in the middle.
In conclusion, this step of the Government will assist in producing highly-skilled, rational, and logical workforce for the future. Our country will become more developed and technology-driven. The NEP 2020 is a stepping stone for making India a developed country with highly qualified and technologically updated personnel.