'New education policy aimed to make India a knowledge superpower'

The new education policy is aimed to make India a knowledge superpower, said the speakers during a daylong seminar on “In-service Teacher Training As Reflected In New Education Policy” at Central University of Kashmir here.

The program was organised by Department of Teacher Education of the varsity, to discuss the policy. The speakers said the policy was aimed to meet the changing dynamics with regards to quality education, innovation and research, aiming to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping its students with necessary skills and knowledge.

Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kashmir Prof Mehraj ud Din, who was chief guest on the occasion, said the policy has laid special emphasis on providing quality school education.

“The higher educational institutions including varsities get the products from the schools and higher secondary institutions, so it becomes imperative to further improve quality teaching and education in the schools,” he said.

He said it has been found that near about 10 crore students in pre-primary schools were not capable to join the primary schools. “The children are not capable of reading, writing and learning elementary mathematics,” Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said.

He said the committee has also recommended that the curriculum should suit the native language of the children.  “Children are able to understand basics better in mother tongue,” he said.

Dean School of Education, Dr Syed Zahoor Ahmad Geelani said the policy has already been published and the Government has sought suggestions and modifications from the masses, particularly the teaching community.

“The policy has laid huge emphasis on the teacher education and if we want to bring change in the education scenario, then we have to bring adequate change in teacher’s education,” Dr Geelani said.

He said the Department was contemplating to organise a workshop to discuss and deliberate the policy and send recommendations to the concerned quarter.

Senior Assistant Professors, Dr Muhammad Syed Bhat and Dr Firdous Ahmad Sofal also spoke and presented their papers on the policy.

Many new initiatives have been recommended in the policy, such as elimination of social category, gender, and regional gaps, internationalizing higher education, introducing technological integration of education at all levels, and strengthening open and distance learning. These initiatives have been taken to enhance participation of under-represented groups.

“If the reforms included in the policy are implemented, students, teachers, and educational institutions would get the right atmosphere to bring about an education revolution, which in turn would help in building a robust educational eco-system,” the speakers said.