Education system badly affected due to pandemic: Minister

New Delhi: Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Lok Sabha on Monday that the country’s education system has been badly affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now the Ministry of Education is trying to make many new changes based on the New Education Policy (NEP).

The NEP-2020 also envisages the establishment of a Higher Education Commission of India as an umbrella body with four independent vertical sectors to perform distinct regulatory, accrediting, funding and institutional functions. university standards. Accordingly, the Ministry is in the process of drafting a Higher Education Commission of India Bill.

NEP-2020, among others, envisions the establishment of model public universities for holistic and multidisciplinary education, on par with IITs, IIMs, etc., called MERUs (Multidisciplinary Teaching and Research Universities) which will aim to achieve the highest global standards. in quality education.

This information was shared by the Minister of State for Education, Subhas Sarkar, at the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The NEP further indicates that all programmes, courses, programs and pedagogies in all subjects, including those in the classroom, online and in OCT modes, as well as student support will aim to achieve global quality standards, added The Minister.

The Ministry of Education announced the NEP 2020 on July 29, 2020 after obtaining Union Cabinet approval.

Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said it notified the UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programs and Online Programs) Regulations 2020 on September 4, 2020, along with an amendment on July 1, 2021.

This regulation sets the minimum teaching standards for the awarding of diplomas in open and distance mode and in online mode.

The UGC further informed that in view of the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 recommendation to increase the Gross Enrollment Rate in Tertiary Education including Vocational Education by 26, 3% (2018) to 50% by 2035 and to further promote open and distance learning (ODL) and online education, UGC has formed an expert committee to review the regulatory framework existing ODL and online while ensuring quality, thanks to a simplified recognition system and processes.