Banasthali holds National Dialogue on the Draft National Educational Policy 2019
The previous National Policy on Education 1986 had a revision in 1992 and 27 years after that the Government of India has proposed a draft of National Education Policy NEP 2019 which seeks to address the challenges of the current education system. The draft policy provides for the reforms at all levels of education from school to higher education. Before adopting the policy, the democratic framework has given an opportunity for every stakeholder to analyze it and provide feedback.
Banasthali on its 850-acre campus situated amidst rural setting in Rajasthan with more than 16,000 students enrolled has a distinct educational ideology and offers a variety of programmes from nursery up to doctoral-level across a wide spectrum of disciplines to prepare enlightened citizens with strong value-base. It is befitting that the Centre for Curriculum Research, Policy and Educational Development, School of Education, Banasthali organized a National Dialogue Session on 28 July 2019 for having deliberations on the draft NEP 2019 in general and particularly related to School and Teacher education.
With experts and participants coming from different parts of India, the elegant auditorium of Nav Mandir at Banasthali echoed the lines of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in National anthem “Panjaba-Sindhu-Gujarata-Maratha Dravida-Utkala-Banga.”
After lighting the ceremonial lamp, the session began with a welcome address by the Convener Prof Vandana Goswami Dean Faculty of Education Banasthali who shared the details of evolution of Banasthali over eight decades. Program Coordinator Dr Ajay Surana highlighted the focus of the dialogue.
After various experts shared their thoughts, Prof BR Natarajan Banasthali also stressed on the need for integrating Knowledge and Skills in NEP 2019 comparing it with the Krishna (Knowledge) and Arjun (Skills) Combo in winning the epic battle of Kurukshetra as stated in the very last Sloka of Bhagavad Gita. Ms Ranu Pandey BEd Second Year student and Ms Stuti Kumari BEd First Year student anchored the proceedings.
The sub themes for the dialogue sessions included Curriculum and Pedagogy in schools, Equitable and Inclusive Education, the RTE Act 2009, Curriculum and Examination Reforms, Regulation for Schools, Regulatory Structure and accreditation in Teacher Education, Research for Development, Interdisciplinary / Integrated Programmes, Professional Development of Teachers, Autonomy in Education, Technology based Interventions in Education and Education in Indian Languages.
The deliberations of the dialogue session on a holistic basis by various experts are bound to be a milestone in shaping the National Economic Policy 2019.
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About Banasthali: Established in 1935, the Institution which is also the largest fully residential women’s university in the world has played a big role in revolutionizing women’s education and empowerment in India for the last eight decades. Banasthali has scripted numerous success stories in a wide range of fields, and stands tall among the citadels of learning in India today. Proud to be Banasthali alumni who call themselves as Banasthalites can be found in all latitudes, longitudes and altitudes in all walks of life across the globe. Banasthali has the pride of being chosen as a Faculty Development Centre under the MHRD Govt of India Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) as well as for hosting Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) by NITI Aayog Apart from various National Rankings which include India Today #2, FICCI University of the year 2015, NAAC A grade, MHRD NIRF 29, in recent past, Banasthali has been in national and international media attention for getting Quacquarelli Symonds QS Asia University Ranking, QS BRICS Ranking, Diamond status under QS i-Gauge Indian University Rating and the overall Four Star Ranking in - QS Stars Rated for Excellence with 5 Stars for each for Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Arts & Culture and Inclusiveness.
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