Published: 29th August 2021
IITs, central and private universities gearing up to introduce NEP-based curriculum in the current academic year
Central universities are working on new non-technical postgraduate (PG) courses, where students can directly take admission in PG courses after passing Class 12
Central universities, IITs and the private sector higher education institutions are set to introduce a curriculum as per the new National Education Policy (NEP) from the current academic session itself.
Central universities are working on new non-technical postgraduate (PG) courses, where students can directly take admission in PG courses after passing Class 12. The initiative is based on the multiple entry and exit system outlined in the NEP.
According to Professor V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, some of the latest initiatives taken by the IITs include the establishment of the School of Artificial Intelligence. Similarly, the IIT Delhi has established a Center for Transport Research and Injury Prevention, Department of Energy Science and Engineering. Further, keeping the NEP in mind, PG programmes in Electric Mobility, and Public Policy have been started here, he added.
Based on the NEP, three new integrated courses are going to be started at the Central University of Haryana. These courses will be available in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from the session 2021-22. The new courses include BSc, MSc Physics, BSc, MSc Chemistry and BSc, MSc Mathematics. Admission to the courses will be done through the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET).
The university Vice-Chancellor Professor Tankeshwar Kumar told that all these three courses are being started keeping in mind the new National Education Policy. Through these, students will be able to study directly after Class 12 till post-graduation. He said that these courses have been specially designed, in which along with academic excellence, efforts have also been made to make them employment-oriented and self-reliant.
Dr Phool Singh, the nodal officer of the CUCET 2021, appointed by the university, said that the university will start these three courses under the Basic Science Chair. The application process for admission to all three courses will begin with other undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in the university and will be conducted through the CUCET 2021. Keeping in mind the NEP 2020, there is also a plan to give exit options to the students under the new courses.
The University of Delhi (DU) is also not behind. New courses, especially new vocational courses, will be started in its colleges. More than 30 DU colleges will start employment-oriented vocational courses.
Vikas Gupta, Registrar of University of Delhi, said that the NEP will prove to be very helpful in providing employment-oriented education. Various colleges of Delhi University will soon start diploma, certificate courses under their new vocational courses, he added.
Under the policy, the alliance between Indian educational institutions with foreign higher education institutions that have performed better in the world rankings has also been approved. As part of the NEP, SOMMET Education, a prestigious higher education institution in Switzerland, has entered into an agreement with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) in India.
Dilip Puri, Founder, ISH said, "The partnership with SOMMET Education will help us strengthen our offerings, expand our presence across India and neighbouring countries. Our education system will be further enabled to be part of SOMMET's prestigious network of 18 campuses and 60,000 influential alumni located in eight countries around the world, including Switzerland."