Report of Virtual Round Table Meet on Academic Flexibility, Multidisciplinary and Technology in Non-Technical Programs in Reference to NEP 2020 organised by Galgotias University, Greater Noida on August 23, 2020
After 34 years India have made a major reform in her education system. On last week of July, 2020 Government of India released its policy on education named as National Education Policy (NEP)- 2020. The policy lays down comprehensive reforms that will have a positive impact on every stake holder. Right from the tiny tots to an ambitious Masters Graduate considering a PhD programme. It is being hoped that NEP- 2020 will transform the Indian Education System. To understand the NEP- 2020 and its recommendations a discussion has started throughout the country. Based upon these discussions plan of actions and rules and regulations will be framed by the concerned education departments in the country
To contribute in this discussion Galgotias University Uttar Pradesh, Greater Noida has started a series &lsquoIgnite &ndash Virtual Round Table Meet&rsquo based upon NEP- 2020. This round table meeting series is an exercise to decode and demystify the National Education Policy- 2020. First round of virtual round table meet &lsquoIgnite 1.0&rsquo was conducted on August 8, 2020 by the University. In that discussion focus was laid down on technical programs. Now second round of virtual round table meet conducted by the Galgotias University &lsquoIgnite 2.0 Virtual Round Table Meet&rsquo on Sunday August 23, 2020. In this panel discussion focus was on five Non-Technical programs. In Ignite 2.0, experts from Law, Agriculture, Basic Sciences, Liberal Education and Teacher Education discussed the scope of implementation of recommendations of the NEP-2020 in their disciplines.
Virtual round table meet Ignite 2.0 was divided in the six sessions. In first session Prof. (Dr.) Preeti Bajaj, Vice Chancellor, Galgotias University welcomed all key note speakers, resource persons and participants in the virtual meet. In her inaugural speech she spoke about preamble of the meet and major points of the NEP- 2020 related to non-technical higher education programs. She also highlighted importance of NEP in the current times at University level. She pointed out that it is need of hour to focus on academic flexibility, holistic & multidisciplinary education. She suggested for inter-disciplinary projects must be taken by the students right from their 1st year at the University.
Uttar Pradesh higher education department has formed a 16 members&rsquo steering committee for implementation of National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 in the state on 14 August, 2020. This committee is catering to implementation of NEP- 2020 guidelines in higher education in the state. In this virtual meet we had three members of this committee. One member was Prof. (Dr.) Preeti Bajaj, Vice Chancellor, Galgotias University and other two members were Prof. Hare Krishna, Dept of Statistics Dean, Engineering & Technology, C.C.S. University, Meerut and Prof. Anuradha Tiwari, Principal, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Govt P G College, Aliganj, Lucknow. Both members delivered their key note address and highlighted the role of NEP- 2020 in higher education. They focused on academic flexibility, multi-disciplinary approach, and technology courses in non-technical programs like Agriculture, Law, Liberal Education, Basic Sciences and Teacher Education.
Other than two key note speakers twelve resource persons from these five non-technical programs also expressed their views and concerns about implementation of the recommendations of the NEP- 2020 in other five sessions. Their detail is given below.
- Prof. Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chopra, Professor of Law and Industry Fellow, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
- Dr. Kaumudhi Challa Assistant Professor, Hidayatullah National Law University, Nava Raipur, Chhattisgarh
- Dr. A. K. Lohani, Scientist G in the Surface Water Hydrology Division of National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee
- Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Principal Scientist (ARS) (ECONOMIC BOTANY), Centre for Environment Science and Climate Resilient Agriculture, ICAR-IARI, Delhi
From Basic Sciences
- Dr. M. JAYASIMHADRI, Department of Applied Physics, Delhi Technological University (DTU), Delhi
- Dr. Punita Verma, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Delhi
From Liberal Education
- Dr. Sandhya Ojha, Deptt. of Psychology, Sri Agrasen Kanya Post Graduate Autonomous College, Varanasi, U.P.
- Dr. Hariom, Associate Professor in Psychology at Lovely Professional University
- Dr. Anita Moral, Assistant Professor, C.C.S. University, Meerut
From Teacher Education
- Prof. (Dr.) Dhananjay Joshi, Professor and Dean in University School of Education, GGSIP University, New Delhi
- Prof. (Dr.) Harjeet Kaur Bhatia, Professor at the Department of Educational Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
- Prof. (Dr.) Pankaj Arora, CIE, Department of Education, University of Delhi
All twelve resource persons expressed their views in detail. Many concerns also raised by them. This virtual round table meet went on around four hours. Around 400 participants actively participated in this virtual meet. Live telecast of this Ignite 2.0 was done on the YouTube channel of the Galgotias University.