Karnataka has taken the lead to become the first state to launch the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 but authorities in the state’s higher-education institutions say they face big challenges and need time to comply with the new norms.
The challenges include training the faculty, introducing a multidisciplinary curriculum, crafting a new syllabus, creating new infrastructure to implement the new policy and the huge costs involved in making the shift, they said.
"If you are a large university then one of the biggest challenges will be to rehouse the three-year curriculum to four-year. Also, if you are not linked with the credit system then it becomes difficult. Each year you have to create a self-sufficient system. In order to create all these structures you have to train, retrain your faculty. These are the academic challenges," said Dr Dwarika Prasad Uniyal, Pro Vice Chancellor, RV university, Bengaluru.
He said that while it would be easy for institutes that are starting up, the old ones will find it difficult. "Academic process is a long one which includes a curriculum committee, then it has to be taken to the board of studies and there are other steps. So, time is an issue."