As NEP plans to integrate vocational education and skill-based learning at different levels including schools and higher education institutions, experts are finding it futuristic.
“It’s a beneficial policy. Public and private higher education institutions will be governed by the same set of norms for regulation, accreditation and academic standards,” said principal of Govt Holkar Science College, Dr Suresh Silawat.
As per the new education policy, it will be mandatory for colleges to give certificate after completing one year in a discipline or field including vocational and professional areas, a diploma after two years of study, or a Bachelor’s degree after a three-year programme, said principal of New GDC College, Dr Kusumlata Nigwal.
Students are also finding the multiple exits in undergraduate degree beneficial. “This is our last year. But, I’m happy that most of the students in school will be able to avail benefits of this policy,” said final year student of DAVV, Sneha Minj.
Govt will also establish an Academic Bank of Credit for digitally storing academic credits earned from different HEIs so that these can be transferred and counted towards final degree earned. According to experts, the biggest challenge would be increased competition once the foreign universities start coming up. As per the policy, top foreign universities are to set up campuses in India which will indeed be a major competition for Indian universities and higher education institution, said Dr Kumkum Bharadwaj of New GDC College.
The decision of caping the fee charged by private higher educational institutions will also help in creating an environment of equality in quality of education, she added.