The Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CeDNER) organised a one-day web discussion on the National Education Policy on Saturday with special focus on school education.
Noted speakers included Prof BR Dkhar, Prof Subhas Chandra Roy, Atul Kulkarni in the presence of IIM Shillong Director Prof DP Goyal and moderator Prof Sanjeeb Kakoty.
“This is probably the biggest policy reform that independent India has seen,” Kularni said. He further spoke on the process whereby the education policy was formulated over a period of six years and the kind of engagement it required from all sections of the society.
Speaking during the discussion, Roy strongly opined, “A major role of education is to transform a person, who through this transformation the person may change society. The vision is to create a person who is scientific, productive, creative, and generally engaged in nature. It is no longer sufficient to create a knowledgeable person but what is now more required is a productive individual.”
Dkhar, while speaking on NEP 2020, felt that it has come out as a very comprehensive and holistic policy which can truly prepare children to meet with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. She reiterated the need to equip children with skill sets such as learning skill, life skill, and literary skill required in the present times, while also speaking on the universalisation of early childhood care and education which she felt is a very good initiative. Commenting on digital literacy, Dkhar expressed her contentment on the way it has been emphasised under NEP 2020.