The National Education Policy (NEP) was introduced in 2020, and since then, the apex educational advisory bodies of India have put out major transformations across various institutions. Although it is also worth considering the fact that the onset of the pandemic slowed down the implementation of the NEP in 2021. Naturally, 2022 was the year to initiate the necessary changes. So, here are the major transformations that have changed the dynamics of the Indian education system, and how they would affect you if you are currently a student.
Emphasis on Regional Languages
With NEP’s aim to promote the importance of the different Indian languages in the teaching-learning process, the All India Council for Technical Education implemented the use of regional languages in technical education. With this regard, the UGC is most likely going to introduce regional languages in course curriculums across all disciplines. The Ministry of Education has also mentioned that this will be implemented in medical education as well.
New Regulations for the Ph.D. Programs
The UGC has also recently announced new Ph.D. regulations, that will allow candidates who have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree program in any discipline, with a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate (or an equivalent) to be eligible for a Ph.D. program.
Common University Entrance Test (CUET)
The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) that was rolled out by the UGC conducted its first phase of undergraduate and postgraduate examinations earlier in July this year. CUET includes examinations for all central universities. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced that CUET 2023 will be conducted between May 21-May 31, 2023.
DU’s Financial Scheme for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students
The University of Delhi has also launched a financial support scheme for the economically weaker students of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses. As per the scheme, students with a family income below Rs 4 lakhs get 100% of fee relaxation, whereas, students with a family income between Rs 4-8 lakh will get a 50% of fee waiver.
Curriculum and Credit Framework for Undergraduate Programmes (CCFUP)
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the new curriculum framework for Four Year Undergraduate Programs (FYUP), which will replace the existing Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) across higher education institutions. Among other major features, the new curriculum will facilitate students with multiple entry and exit options with a UG certificate, or, UG diploma, or degree certificates based on their earned credits.