ARSD organized a seminar on National Education Policy
Education policies are the parameters and strategies made to run the education institutions in a better way and to assure the quality of education. New education policies are in pipeline and being students and teachers the education fraternity should know about these policies, their relevance and their challenges. To cater to this need ARSD College, University of Delhi organized a seminar on “National Education Policy and its Challenges” where the dignitaries threw light on these aspects. The principal Dr. Gyantosh Kumar Jha welcomed the esteemed guests and set the tone for discussion with his introductory speech. UGC Joint Secretary Dr. Archana Thakur talked about the new education policy in higher education sector and the new parameters which are going to be implemented to make higher education accessible to the remote areas with the help of technology, to improve research, to include Indian languages in academia and to make education more practical and useful. She also talked about how to cater to these needs the Commission is planning to propose a three-level education institutions scheme based on the research done and education delivered. Mr. Vineet Joshi, Director General, National Testing Agency, raised the need of making higher education accessible to the students of remote areas while creating an environment free from rat race where students, teachers as well as parents are running after marks without realizing their real worth. He focused on skill-based education where young minds get a chance to hone their skills. He proposed education policy should take into account the interaction with parents as well and should do something to eliminate the difference between education and evaluation. Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Delhi Prof. Dinesh Singh highlighted the lack of practical and skill based education in contemporary India. He said undue discussions and debates over education policies, which has been a trait here, diverge the attention from quality education. Referring to ancient Indian education institutions and the most reputed foreign higher education institutions he stated that the good education is never achieved only with policies. One must invest practical wisdom, skill, freedom and talent. Education policies should be simple and liberal, too many rules create obstructions. Talent and skill should be the criterion to judge a person’s caliber not marks. Quoting Gandhi he highlighted the need of hands-on training and said “knowledge without action is meaningless”. “What do we do with our hands goes to our hearts” should be kept in mind by the policy makers and teachers. He warned that if we don’t work now to improve the education system by making it more practical, skill based, technology integrated and research oriented, there won’t be much time left that these institutions will become a thing of past.
The audience made the session more interactive by putting up their queries at the end. Such brainstorming sessions should be conducted in all education institutions to improve the education system. The session ended with vote of thanks given by IQAC coordinator Dr. V.K.Arora to all the dignitaries and to Dr. Vinita Tuli who arranged this whole programme.