New Education Policy: A Paradigm Shift in Transforming Higher Education

New Education Policy: A Paradigm Shift in Transforming Higher Education

The New Education Policy (NEP) is a radical departure from the past as it has been 34 years since India made any significant changes to its education system. However finally, the New Education Policy (NEP) was unveiled on 29th July 2020. A reform has aimed to increase public investment in education from 4.4% of India’s GDP to 6%, and improve education for nearly 300 million students in the nation. The NEP aims to increase the gross enrollment ratio in higher education including vocational education from 26.3% (2018) to 50% by 2035.

The NEP is a paradigm shift in the education system as it emphasizes good citizenship followed by life skills as earlier education policies were devised by the people who are inspired by the English language from the British system of the education system. The development of society, the state, and the nation are proportionate to the development of humans. The new Education Policy is more focused on the development of humans. The NEP is draft in a tone of optimism which will help in preparing Indians to shape as per 21st-century skills not just getting people employed and literate. 

NEP is a revolutionary change in the education system as the educated population has increased drastically and India will be having the highest population of youth globally over the next decade and the ability to observe, think, unlearn and Relearn is a need of the hour so keeping that in mind the new policy will give shape to the quality of education which will reflect our future as a country. The NEP 2020 is planned to support skill education and streamline education planning, administration, and management at all levels. It is believed to have surreal effects on higher education which is going to draw a new roadmap for youth. 

Decoding features of NEP -2020 for Higher Education 

Holistic and Multi-disciplinary Education Philosophy 

Higher education plays a vital role in promoting human beings and developing the Nation and society. As India is running towards becoming a knowledge economy. The NEP policy under the Ministry of Education has to inculcate a culture of innovation, open curriculum, and flexibility. It is an attempt to make education more experiential, interesting. The focus is more on integration and discovery-based learning-oriented by measuring competency through a radical change in pedagogy. 

Ease Regulatory Structure

The regulating of the higher education system is crucial. To bring uniformity and coordination  a system is set up of  Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) which is a much-appreciated step. This imperative step will help to ease the regulatory burden of HEI and will allow them to focus on imparting knowledge and empower the nation.

Foster Liberal Education

India has come a long way since the last major articulation of the NEP of 1986 and then revised in 1992. The new policy has put forward the setting up of multi-disciplinary colleges by the end of 2030 in every district. This is one of the promising ideas that promote liberal education, both in terms of multidisciplinary learning and flexibility. Liberal education will also encourage students to get multiple entries and exit.

Open Doors for Large Education Institutions

The highlight of  NEP 2020 is to set up and open doors for foreign Institutions and fulfill many dreams as aspirants will be able to access world-class education at a lower cost without having to travel overseas. NEP suggests that India will be facilitated by World Top 100 Universities.

Proficient and Energized Faculty

NEP focuses on transparent recruitment policies, freedom to design pedagogy, and Andragogy inclusive leadership for building the capacity of faculty.

Establishment of National Mentoring Mission

Under the National Mentoring Mission, a large pool of Senior/Retired faculty, Emeritus Professors will come together to share their expertise and help in short and long-term mentoring professional support to universities and colleges.

Blended Education

NEP is focusing on the digital revolution with teaching innovation so that Indian Education can propel globally. The vision of policy aim through blended learning is to provide a new platform and techniques of teaching in addition to learning.


Created By:

Dr. Anshu Choudhary

Associate Professor

NICE School of Business Studies

Shobhit Institute of Engineering and Technology (Deemed to be University) Meerut