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The New Education Policy (NEP) has infused a new wave of optimism with the vision of strengthening the education system, branching out into varied dimensions of skill-based learning to empower the Indian youth with the new age dynamism. The policy has arrived at the most appropriate time, when India is all geared up to redefine itself as “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
The newly envisaged framework aims to provide a holistic development for the learners that is largely aligned towards concept-based study to enhance critical thinking and a focused approach on experiential learning. It is oriented towards an outcome-based approach and would help bridging the gap between Academics and industry employability.
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Key components of NEP:
Creative combination of subjects without stiff demarcations between vocational and academic streams, a seamless integration of vocational studies, the 4-year multidisciplinary degrees with entry and exit options, capitalizing on modern technology, creating capabilities for online learning, allowing foreign universities to set up in India and all these setting the right synergies envisioned towards India emerging as the “vishwa guru”, the knowledge superpower.
Emergence of a vibrant institutional architecture:
The upcoming education ecosystem would witness the disruptive innovation with promising inclusions to deliver a variety of customized skill-based courses to match up to the dynamic industry requirements. This transformation would be fueled by the following policy ingredients:
– Elevate the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher studies from 26.3 percent (2018) to 50 percent by 2035. It is projected to add 3.5 crore new seats to HEIs.
– 4-year multidisciplinary degrees with entry and exit options with an academic bank for credits for the final degree.
The aforesaid inclusions paired with flexibility in subject combinations would work at building the desired skills set. We had silo formats, where each course was confined to a specific discipline and was missing the understanding of the real scenarios. A civil engineer, aspiring to bloom into an entrepreneur, needs to understand the complexities of accounts for a successful establishment. The multi-disciplinary approach would surely take us in the desired growth trajectory in the coming years.
Education framework driven by digitisation:
The NEP aims to create a framework embedded with digital infrastructure and technology advancements to provide today’s youth an access to quality learning. The online education is proving its mettle and is consistently driving knowledge management initiative and leveraging learning platforms for blended learning.
The comprehensive set of initiatives such as creating a digital infrastructure, e-learning modules, online courses in academics and vocational education, are aiming to create a future ready youth. An important introduction of “coding” as an essential skill from Class VI onwards is a very progressive and welcoming inclusion. This would surely result into skilled manpower eligible for job opportunities worldwide.
Global platform of educational equivalence:
The NEP has announced radical modifications in UG and PG Programs wherein students at the UG level can pursue the degrees of both 3 or 4 years with multiple exit and entry options and at the Master’s Level, can choose from 1 year and 2 Year PG Degrees.
The earlier rigidity of 2 years PG formula denied recognition to the 1-year Master’s that the Indians and students from abroad came with, aspiring for jobs or other educational avenues in India. With current choice, the India degrees would now be at par with foreign universities. It is indeed a welcome move for professionals, who desire to attain degree in Master’s. The new flexibilities would open two-way possibilities on both the educational front and jobs opportunities worldwide.
Internationalisation of higher education- promoting global competitiveness:
The NEP has introduced a progressive inclusion that allows Top 100 Universities in the world to set operations in India. We might start reaping the benefits from initiatives that are likely to launch in short term with this facilitation such as co-development of newer courses, a variety of virtual classrooms, global Immersion programs, Research collaboration and an enhancement in the quality of Indian education and research with global competitiveness.
A defined move to create the “Atmanirbhar Bharat”:
The NEP is focused towards providing today’s youth an access to high quality learning and development through a consolidated framework of academics and experiential applications, to prepare them thoroughly for progressive opportunities. It promises to create the new age skills for students with a higher eligibility of availing the desired roles in vast arena of job opportunities. The entire process of implementing the framework is bound to create the linked employment into the system as it would positively expose the Indian population to the newer avenues in the education industry. (IANS)
Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra helped Indian youth in returning back from Malaysia.
Yogesh Tiwari, 25, was duped by a recruitment agent who lured him to Malaysia with a lucrative job offer. After he ran out of money, he tweeted last week to Fadnavis seeking help to return to India.
— yogesh tiwari (@yogeshbarbeen1) January 16, 2016
@CMOMaharashtra I am very much thankful to Hon'ble CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis sir. We r felling proud that we have politician and CM like u.
— yogesh tiwari (@yogeshbarbeen1) January 21, 2016
Fadnavis took up the matter with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Tiwari reached Mumbai on Friday, and will proceed to his hometown Yavatmal, the officials said.(IANS)
In recent times, the Indian government has used the means of social media to provide the help to those in need. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu was the first to do that. A number of Indian youth who wish to go foreign countries in the hope of better opportunities, get misled and cheated by the agents.(IANS)(Picture Courtesy:foundation.moneylife.in)
By Ila Garg
Suicides have lately become a great cause of worry. More and more children are seeing suicide as an easy escape route for their problems. Of late, the suicide rates have been on an alarming rise, especially among Indian youth.
According to a study conducted by WHO, every year about 8,00,000 people commit suicide worldwide. Among these 17% are Indian residents, mostly falling in the 15-29 age group. The reasons for these can be variable. However, the one thing that can be clearly observed is that the Indian youth is under pressure and the high expectations, peer pressure, falling grades, lack of job opportunities, workplace harassment, etc. can be the driving force towards the path of ending their lives.
Akash Shukla, a print journalist from Lucknow says, “One must have the right to end something that they don’t like. They should have the right to reject life. Suicide is, in a way, liberation – a liberty from a screwed-up life that you never wanted but became yours, inadvertently. We all have a sense of responsibility towards ourselves. No matter how close someone is to you, no one can understand the deepest pain that a heart hides, except the self. That’s why a man is responsible for any choice he takes – either life or death.”
The youth thus, fails to understand that suicide doesn’t end the pain, but simply passes it on to those you love. They are so blinded by their sorrow that they see suicide as the means to end it; not giving it a second thought.
“Suicide should be the end of extreme problems, but not every problem,” says an ardent blogger, Shwetabh Mathur.
If reports are to be believed, Indian youth residing abroad are most prone to committing suicides. A recent data reveals that majority of suicides in Fiji are among the children of Indian descent. The statistics are nearly same for Indians in Malaysia too, as quoted by the Asia-Pacific Psychiatry journal Indians account for about 40% suicide deaths in Malaysia.
Poisoning and hanging from the ceiling have emerged as the most used methods to commit suicide.
With the number of suicide cases increasing, the Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy has expressed his concern, “There needs to be an investigation… Everyone here is important – the parents, the school.” In addition, he suggested that passing a law to cut down on volatile substances that may lead to death might help in bringing the suicide rate down among children.
Earlier, in 2003, the draft of Volatile Substance Abuse Decree could not proceed due to constitutional requirements. This draft, spearheaded by the national substance abuse advisory council, stated that the wholesalers and retailers who are found selling the banned products can be punished. Reddy believes that legalising this decree might help to some extent but still the question that remains is why the children are driven to commit suicide!
Social isolation has been found as one of the major reasons for committing suicides. A feeling of being the odd one out or not wanted in the peer group has also compelled some to become self-centered and a victim of depression. A prolonged case of depression then leads to suicide attempt.
“Suicide isn’t something natural. Unless one has conjured up a philosophical reason to die, the person is usually depressed, psychotic, severely impulsive, or is simply crying out for help and doesn’t really want to die. So, it’s almost always an avoidable step,” says Roshni Chakrabarty, who hails from Kolkata.
“We need to be more aware of the people around us in order to notice any behavioral changes and also give them the chance to reach out for the help they need,” she added.
By NewsGram Staff Writer
Kuala Lumpur: The suicide count among youths in Malaysia is highest among males of Indian descent, a new study discloses.
“The suicide rate among youths was 1.03 per 100,000 population in 2009, accounting for the male gender (66.0 per cent), with Indians being the highest suicide completers (40.4 per cent and 5.6 per 100,000 population),” a recent study published in the Asia-Pacific Psychiatry journal has revealed.
“The most-common method of suicide was hanging (56.6 per cent) followed by self-poisoning (15.1 per cent),” malaysiandigest.com news portal reported, citing the study.
Another study, published in The Scientific World Journal in 2014, had echoed the same, saying that the Indian population in Malaysia makes up the largest percentage of people who attempt suicide.
The article said from 1969 to 2011, Indians had the highest suicide attempt rates at 3.67 per 100,000. The Chinese followed at 2.44 per 100,000 and Malays had rates as low as 0.32 per 100,000.
“Some of the risk factors among Malaysian Indians which could explain the higher number of suicide attempts in this group are poverty (a majority of Indians are from the lower social class) and alcoholism,” the researchers highlighted.
Also, psychiatry morbidity, caste issues, other social distress, cultural and religious factors and attitude to suicide contributed to the cases.
“On the other hand, it is much more difficult for Muslim Malays to attempt suicide since it is against their religion,” the researchers added.
“Education also contributed to some differences; 89 per cent of the studies showed that suicide attempters had secondary level of education compared to primary and tertiary,” researchers noted.
In 2015, some high profile suicide cases which grabbed media attention involved Malaysian Indians.
In May, an Indian journalist had jumped in front of a train and was killed.
In another case, a woman shot a video threatening revenge– in the form of killing her child– from her grave before committing suicide.
The video went viral and on the same weekend, her one-year-old daughter died.
With inputs from IANS