Ministry of Education organized a three day summit on higher education from 7 to 9 July 2022, in Varanasi. The higher education summit was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
About the Higher Education Summit
- Organised by: Ministry of Education in association with the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
- Organised at: Rudraksh International Convention Centre, Varanasi
- Timeline: 7 July to 9 July, 2022
- Official Name: Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam
- Purpose: Discussion on New Education Policy (NEP) 2020
Purpose of the Summit
- Summit brought together over 300 Vice-Chancellors and Directors from public and private universities as well as educationists, policymakers and industry representatives.
- Delegation discussed about the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020.
- At the end of the summit Varanasi Declaration on higher education was adopted.
Key Highlights of the Summit
- Summit concluded with a resolve to work collectively to transform India into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society.
- It was mutually accepted that India need to develop forward looking, responsive, world class higher educational institutions to prepare 21st century-ready students.
- Institutions were asked to work to ensure access, inclusivity, equitability, affordability and quality in higher education.
National Education Policy (NEP) 2020
- It was launched by Government of India in July 2020.
- NEP committee which gave its recommendations for the policy was headed by Dr. Kasturirangan.
- NEP 2020 replaces the 10+2 structure of school curriculum with a 5+3+3+4 curriculum structure corresponding to age groups 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18 years respectively.
- New Education Policy: Highlights
- All higher education institutions, except legal and medical colleges, to be governed by a single regulator.
- Common norms to be in place for private and public higher education institutions.
- MPhil courses to be discontinued.
- Board exams to be based on knowledge application.
- Home language, mother tongue or regional language to be medium of instruction up to class 5.
- Common entrance exams to be held for admission to universities and higher education institutions.
- School curriculum to be reduced to core concepts; integration of vocational education from class 6.