India’s future will depend on integrating multiple disciplines into our institutions, solving the problem of comm- Edexlive



With the new National Education Policy (NEP), India’s higher education ecosystem envisions a transition in two main ways: the way things are taught and learned. Higher education institutions have quickly embraced the proliferation of digital tools and technological platforms that have streamlined not only academic aspects, but experiential and administrative functions as well.

As part of NEP 2020, the flexibility of the program has been designed around the adaptability and accessibility of the program to the needs and abilities of the students. The integration of multidisciplinary and professional education into undergraduate programs (UG) is a fundamental qualitative change that the policy wishes to bring about. All UG programs, whether vocational, technical and vocational, must be more holistic. This type of approach turns students into thinkers – critical, confident and independent; and aims to make learning a process of self-improvement.

As part of the holistic nature of the new program, students from all higher education institutions will be offered internship opportunities in local industry, as well as being encouraged to pursue research internships with researchers, so that students can actively engage in the practice of their learning and thereby further improve their employability.

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Four-year UG programs with multiple entry and exit options will have much more autonomy than before in deciding what type of major and minor subjects they wish to take and how they wish to combine their subjects with learning the best. way of their career choice. It will also allow students to study while working and decide what skills or topics they need to learn. Higher education institutions (HEIs) and their teachers will have the autonomy necessary to innovate in programs, pedagogy and assessment in a broad framework. The emphasis will be on continuous and comprehensive assessment. The respective institution’s assessment criteria should be prepared with a criteria-based scoring system; high quality support centers, professional studies and career counseling for all will be provided by each HEI.

The policy aims that by 2025 at least 50% of learners in schools and higher education systems will be exposed to vocational education. In this regard, the policy notes the need to effectively integrate vocational education into mainstream education in all educational institutions in a progressive manner. It will use various measures, such as facilitating collaboration with local industries, establishing incubation centers or skills labs, and short-term certificate courses. There must be an incubation center and various student clubs related to extra-curricular activities in each University or HEI.

The future of higher education institutions in India will depend on the careful integration of several disciplines which can generate new solutions to common man’s problems. Central government as well as states enable higher education institutions to follow this new path of multidisciplinary growth with appropriate support.

Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research programs can solve the problem-solving culture involving knowledge from all possible fields. It will also give impetus to each HEI’s mission to produce professionals with multidimensional personalities who can play a vital role in nation-building, nurturing the new culture of innovation and empowering India.

Dr Ashwathnarayan CN is currently the Minister of Higher Education of Karnataka and the man who launched the Karnataka initiative to be the first Indian state to adopt the NEP. The opinions expressed here are his.



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