LG Directs Fast-Track Implementation Of NEP-2020

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Sunday directed fast-tracking the implementation of National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 while laying broad guidelines on moving towards formulation of courses and curriculum based on the new policy.

The LG passed these directions while interacting with Vice Chancellors of Universities in J&K and reviewing the programs undertaken by the varsities under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, an official spokesperson said Sunday.

At the outset, he said, all the Vice Chancellors and Director, Colleges gave detailed presentations on the activities and programs undertaken by their varsities and the Higher Education department under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and briefed the chair about the proposed activities to be organized in run up to the celebrations of 75th year of Independence.

While chairing the meeting, the LG, as per the official spokesperson called for the impact assessment of programmes undertaken, besides sustained efforts to highlight the contribution of our freedom fighters.

The LG, he said, directed for fast-tracking the implementation of NEP-2020, and also laid broad guidelines on moving towards formulation of courses and curriculum based on the new National Education Policy .

“The Lt Governor called for completing the modalities of transfer to Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), Exit option provision and preparing an action plan to promote course modules on cultural values, professional ethics, Indian Knowledge System, innovation, entrepreneurship, industry 4.0 skills and communication skills,” the official spokesperson said.

He said that the LG further stated that focus should be on skilling and employability of students, besides promotion of local languages and culture.

“Universities should invest more in Innovation and Incubation, providing our youth with prospects for the future and strengthening the position of young women in the society,” Sinha said.

Calling on academia to lead the journey of development & prosperity of J&K, the LG, as per the official spokesperson, said that research must flow from Labs to Field.

Sinha, he said, also impressed on Agriculture Universities to focus on developing innovative ways to reduce the input cost of farmers, besides providing continuous handholding to increase production.

“During the meeting, the Lt Governor observed that Vocational courses, Co-curriculum activities and Student exchange programs should be made an integral part of the education system,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG underscored the need for increased synergy between the Universities and Higher Education department of
UT administration and directed concerned officials for better coordination between the two to find solutions for various societal issues, ensuring the welfare of underprivileged sections of the society through actionable Research & new Technologies.

Sinha, he said, also urged the universities to put special focus on fighting the Drug menace through ‘Nasha Mukt Abhiyaan’.

“Sustained programmes highlighting the issue of drugs and creating a mass
movement against the menace is the need of the hour,” the LG said.

Underlining the crucial role of universities in development of the UT, the LG, as per the official spokesperson issued directions for laying focus on linkage between Industry demands and commensurate up-skilling through updated curricula and capacity building of faculty.

“The Lt Governor called for constituting a VC’s group for working out modalities and formulating a UT-level action plan for robust implementation of NEP and way forward. He also advised for holding regular follow-up meetings on the issue,” he said.

He further said that while reviewing the various activities organized by the Universities, the LG said that fundamental values of harmony and role of Universities in building Aatmanirbhar Bharat must also be the central themes of celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

LG’s Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary to LG Nitishwar Kumar, Prof. M. K. Dhar, VC Jammu University; Prof. Talat Ahmad, VC Kashmir University; Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, VC, IUST; Prof. Akbar Masood, VC BGSBU; Prof. Bechan Lal, VC, Cluster University of Jammu; Prof. Qayyum Hussain, VC, Cluster University Srinagar; (Prof.) Dr. Yasmeen Ashai, Director Colleges and representatives of SKUAST Jammu and SKUAST Kashmir were present during the interaction.

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