July 29 was the second anniversary of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 announced two years ago. To mark the occasion, the Government launched several new initiatives in continuation of the implementation process of the policy.
Union Home & Cooperation Minister, Amit Shah launched these several new initiatives covering the entire spectrum of education and skill development verticals including areas like digital education, innovation, synergising education and skill development, teacher training and assessment in presence of the team of ministers in the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
Some of the initiatives launched that were launched are:
- Establishment of IKS-MIC program for technology demonstration
This unique initiative will promote development of products, processes inspired and developed from the Indian’s traditional knowledge systems. The joint program of the IKS Division and the MoE Innovation Cell will solicit proposals for the demonstration of technologies and development of prototypes in the areas of technology, engineering and sciences. Successful participants will be encouraged to form startups and handholding will be done through the IKS-MIC Virtual hub of Innovation.
- Introduce 75 Bharateeya games in schools.
The objective of these initiatives is to introduce Bharateeya games to our children. Many of the traditional games are less resource incentive and encourage creativity, camaraderie and connect with the culture of Bharata. Each month, a seasonally appropriate Bharateeya game will be introduced in schools through the PT teachers. The PT teachers will upload the pictures and short videos. Best performing schools and PT teachers will be recognized with a certificate. Simultaneously, the students will be able to participate in a quiz on the mygov.in portal and earn certificates.
- Launch of Kalashala initiative in 750 schools to promote and support local arts
The goal of this initiative is to educate children about the various art forms of India and help them discover and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of India. This initiative will introduce various art forms of India to school children in India through lecture demonstrations by visiting artists. Such culturally aware children will grow into culturally aware citizens who appreciate, support, and practice some of these art forms. The IKS Division of the Ministry of Education, seeks to implement NEP2020’s suggestions for educational institutions through the IKS Kalashala resident artist programmes.
- Setting-up of virtual labs
In vocational courses, to promote crucial critical thinking skills, to give space for creativity, 750 virtual labs in science and mathematics, and 75 skilling e-labs for simulated learning environment, will be set-up in 2022-23
200 labs already set up.
A vertical on Virtual Lab has been created on DIKSHA portal, in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology for classes 9 to 12.
Beneficiaries: Students, Teachers and Teacher Educators at Middle and Secondary stage. About 10 lakh teachers and 10 crore students will be benefitted.
Expected Benefits: Development of skills and competencies of school students and teachers which will have impact on quality of teaching-learning and assessment process
- NDEAR Compliant Vidya Sameeksha Kendra
NDEAR compliant VSK is an institutional avenue that enables integrated and shared ‘seeing’ for amplifying data-based decision making to drive action by key stakeholders for the success of their programs.
VSK can be a “Force Multiplier” that multiplies the existing capabilities of people or systems, enabling transformative impact towards outcomes.
Beneficiaries: Schools, Teachers, Students, Administrators across country.
Expected Benefits: The data related to PMeVIDYA, DIKSHA, NDEAR, POSHAN, NISHTHA, NAS, PGI, UDISE etc. shall be collected, collated, analysed and showcased to facilitate policy decisions.
- Vidya Amrit Portal
To scale up the micro-improvements taking place in the school education in different parts of the country, a Digital Project is being enabled.
Such micro improvements will be available to leaders at all levels through the National Infrastructure for Education – DIKSHA. It is aligned to the ‘Learn – Do- Practice’ of NDEAR
Beneficiaries: Teachers, Educators, Administrators across country.
Expected Benefits: It brings a huge opportunity to transform various ‘learning’ initiatives into ‘learning to improve’ initiatives across the country through sharing of best practices
- National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA): ECCE
Objective: To prepare an initial cadre of high quality ECCE Teachers in Anganwadis.
Beneficiaries: About 90,000 including CRC and BRC Coordinators, DIET Faculty (from DRU Brach for AE&NFE), POs, CDPOs and Supervisors from ICDS set up.
Expected Benefits: Sensitization of master trainers on developmentally appropriate pedagogy for holistic development of children which will contribute towards enhancing quality education at Foundational level.
The training for master trainers to transact the content will be for 6 weeks (2 modules per week and assessment). Each module will be transacted through live interaction through ZOOM and DTH TV channels by the NRG from NCERT.
- School Innovation Policy
National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Promotion Policy guides school education systems on various measures that may be adapted to promote a learning environment where creativity, ideation, innovation, problem-solving and entrepreneurship skills of students are nurtured, irrespective of their age.
Six pillars under which specific actions can be taken at each stage of learning, from pre-school to higher education, to promote IIE in the school education ecosystem:
Mindset Change, Awareness, and Training
Infrastructure and Mentoring to Nurture Innovations
Incentivizing and Encouraging Teachers
Collaborative Partnership- School & Community
School Entrepreneurs Led Startups
Beneficiaries: Schools, teachers and students.
Policy will foster the culture of Ideation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIE) in schools.
Provides for the implementation mechanism to create a culture of Innovation, Ideation, design thinking, creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and start-ups in schools.
Advocates for measuring and enabling the ranking system for schools on the level of innovation-oriented activities.
Provides the mechanism for mentoring and utilizing the existing infrastructure of the school to nurture innovation, ideation, and entrepreneurship in students.
Encouraging, incentivizing, and up-skilling teachers to enhance their mentoring capabilities on ideation, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Provides a mechanism for creating more start-ups from school education and ensures reasonable equity sharing between the stakeholders.
Gives guidelines on IP, revenue, and equity sharing among the stakeholders including innovators, teachers, and schools.
- Public Consultation Survey for NCF
Objective: To conduct a Public Consultation survey in 23 languages to seek inputs and suggestions for the development of the NCF with a target respondents/ citizen of 1
Project Scope encompasses:
Design and Development of the Survey Application
Design and Development of the Visual dashboard
Minimalistic User management
Advocacy and Promotion through multi-modal approach
Reach: Will launched across MyGov domain, NCF portal, SMS trigger, Majority Social Media platform viz. Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, WhatsApp, Instagram, Signal and Sandes
Target beneficiaries: Citizen of India specifically Educational ecosystem viz. Policy makers, Educators, Teachers, Students, Parents, Community workers, etc.
Expected Benefits: It will create a value proposition towards early childhood care foundation, smart & futuristic learning, innovation, entrepreneurship and employability engulfed in overall development of the National Curriculum Framework which primarily focus on 4 curriculums i.e. Early childhood care education, Secondary education, Teacher education and Adult education.
It can be accessed at https://ncfsurvey.ncert.gov.in/#/?source=govsite
- Partnership with Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) to provide upward mobility to students and help them attain higher education and more livelihood opportunities- opportunity to join the three- years degree programme of IGNOU. Under the partnership, 32 National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI) 3,000+ Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), 500+ Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK) and nearly 300 Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) will be associated with IGNOU as Registration Centres, Examination Centres and Work Centres for hands on training. Also, 500 IGNOU centres have been announced today.
- Government of India has taken new initiatives in Skill Development such as the “Skill Hubs” initiative under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) which aims at creating shared infrastructure with education and skilling ecosystem, catering to local economic and skill development needs. Under this, higher education institutes are extending their premises as Skills Hub so as to maximize the capacity for delivering skill development courses. Under its pilot programme, close to 2000 Skill Hubs have been set up with more than 1.53 lakh candidates who have been trained till date.
- 100+ National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) aligned future skill qualifications to be developed under 6 key areas:
Automation in Industries (Manufacturing/Service) and Industry 4.0
Infrastructure Connectivity (EVs and Drones)
Electronics Manufacturing & VLSI
Technology Infrastructure including 5G & Cyber Security
Digital Emerging Technologies Indigenous R&D
These Qualifications range from foundation level courses to long term trainings. NCVET has facilitated the development and approval of 216 NSQF aligned future skill qualifications across multiple areas spread across sectors to cater for the future skills.