Faculty Research Cell - Samshodhana, School of Commerce, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organized a one-day National level webinar on National Education Policy 2020 – A Review on 14th August 2020. The main objective of this webinar was to create awareness about the newly launched National Education Policy - 2020 amongst teachers, students, officials, and other stakeholders in the higher education system.
Ms. Javairia Nousheen, Assistant Professor from the Department of English began the session by welcoming the participants.
The key speaker for the webinar was Dr. Viraj Kumar, Visiting Professor, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and the Chair of ACM India’s Special Interest Group for CS Education (iSIGCSE), who has also contributed to two task groups related to Educational Technology constituted by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission and served as a Chief Consultant to the Committee for draft the National Education Policy (MHRD, Government of India).
Dr. Viraj Kumar shared the vision for Higher Education in India – 2020 with a focus on three main elements i.e. Students enrolling in the Higher Education System Holistic and Multidisciplinary Education and Educational Technology, and Online Education. He also shed light on the current state of the Learning Crisis, which gave way to the creation of this new structure i.e., it replaced the 10+2 with 4+3+3+2+3.
The substantial impetus placed on vocational education or hands-on learning in the new policy will give rise to multiple hybrid jobs. With the rapid progression of information technology, and to be able to offer the students a much broader, multidisciplinary foundation, he expressed the importance of using a holistic and multidisciplinary learning approach which will help the learners adapt and reinvent themselves to the demands of the new hybrid work culture and dynamic socio-cultural changes. He highlighted the National Educational Technology Forum which provides independent evidence-based advice, builds institutional and intellectual capacities, envisions strategic thrust, articulate new directions, and also research. Dr. Viraj Kumar concluded the session by emphasizing the challenges faced in accessing online and offline content.
Around 880 participants from various educational institutions and corporate sectors across the nation participated in this webinar.