28 September, 2020

New Education Policy: An Ambitious Attempt To Balance Government And Autonomous Institutions

The draft New Education Policy can be a gamechanger as it aims to address binary of research and training

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New Education Policy: An Ambitious Attempt To Balance Government And Autonomous Institutions
outlookindia.com
2019-06-07T12:32:27+05:30

The draft of the New Education Policy submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development is an ambitious and expansive document. What stands out at the very first glance is the attempt of a balance between freedom and regulation; between autonomy and decentralisation on one hand, and gentle guidance and resource allocation on the other. This is not an easy balance to maintain. But if implemented properly, this can evolve as the ideal model of relationship between the government and autonomous educational institutions.

A history of binaries

The NEP tries to weaken several binaries that have defined history of Indian higher education, while at the same time recognising reality, and in some cases, the necessity of these binary terms. There is none more significant here than between learning, or the acquisition of existing knowledge, or research, or the production of new knowledge. The higher education landscape of colonial as well as postcolonial India has been branded too starkly by the polarisation between the two. Research institutes have been...

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