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National Education Policy: One year of steady reforms, a few more miles to go

While school curricula now include new subjects and regional languages have been made the medium of instruction, the key change in allowing flexibility for students to enter and exit college courses is awaited

July 29, 2021 / 12:47 PM IST
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India completed one year of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on July 29. The policy was revised after 34 years to meet the changing needs of Indian and international education standards.

A lot has changed in one year. Curricula have been tweaked in schools to include subjects such as financial literacy and artificial intelligence.

When it comes to the medium of instruction in schools and colleges, the mother tongue or a regional language has been introduced on a pilot basis. This applies even to engineering courses and a few institutes have been chosen to implement this initiative in the 2021-22 academic year.

The primary objective of NEP 2020 was to reduce undue focus on the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams. Consequently, board exams administered by the Central Board of Secondary Education will have a higher number of multiple-choice and analytical questions from 2022. The government will release a detailed policy framework on the changes in board exams by the end of this year, people aware of the matter told Moneycontrol.