SRINAGAR: All J&K colleges will introduce a voluntary 30-credit skills certification program this year. This will be in addition to the curriculum prescribed by UGC for the undergraduate program and the aim will be to give students additional skills certification leading to their higher employability. In addition, several other innovative and reformative measures such as uniform academic calendar, fidelity of exam timetable and timing, student and institution feedback, ERP support and biometric attendance will be introduced from this year.
These remarks were made today by the Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher Education (HED), Rohit Kansal.
He made the remarks during the two-day conference on “NEP-2020: Preparation and Implementation” here at the government’s Lalla Arifa auditorium. Women’s College, MA Road. The conference is jointly organized by four municipal colleges viz. Amar Singh College, SP College, Islamia College of Science and Commerce and Women’s College MA Road.
Calling the NEP 2020 a groundbreaking policy, he said the policy promises to change the entire higher education ecosystem in India and its focus on flexibility, multidisciplinarity and equity is unique and unprecedented. . He reiterated that the NEP 2020 had come into being after extensive consultations and discussions with stakeholders, deliberations and suggestions from all parties involved.
“Now is the time to implement the package. And when it comes to policy implementation, we all have a role to play. Universities have a very important role to play as normative institutions and guardians of our academic standards; but in the actual implementation at ground level, the colleges will have to lead the way,” Kansal said during the inaugural session of the conference.
During his address, Cluster University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Qayoom Hussain spoke about the importance of the NEP 2020 and the preparation of the University in writing the curriculum and all related activities.
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Prof. Neelofer Khan expressed confidence that NEP 2020 will be fully implemented across all J&K educational institutions. She highlighted the efforts of the University of Kashmir in this direction and pledged all the support to the higher education institutions in implementing the policy.
Director of J&K Colleges, Dr. Yasmeen Ashai gave an overview of the conference and said that the conference will contribute to effective and broad consultations with stakeholders and academics and establish a roadmap for better implementation. of NEP 2020.
Principal Government Women’s College Srinagar, Professor (Dr) Ruhi Jan Kanth gave a brief overview of NEP 2020 and said that the policy envisions multi-disciplinary and holistic education with creative and logical thinking coupled with the extension of technology.
She said the deliberations of the conference would be used to roll out the implementation of NEP in J&K’s union territory.
On the first day of the two-day conference, a technical session on “Multidisciplinary and Holistic Education” was also held, chaired by VC University of Kashmir, Prof. Neelofer Khan. A total of 4 technical sessions will be held during the conference in which eminent academics and administrators will participate in panel discussions to deliberate on the various aspects related to the implementation of NEP-2020. The sessions will be chaired by the vice-chancellors of several universities.
The conference was attended by eminent academicians, VCs from various universities, principals from different Kashmir colleges, faculty members and others.