Webinar on “Paradigm Shift in Education for 21st Century: National Education Policy 2020”

In the light of the new National Education Policy 2020, a one day webinar  on “Paradigm Shift in Education for 21st Century: National Education Policy 2020” was conducted by the Department of Education, St. Joseph’s College(A) Jakhama  in collaboration with IQAC, St. Joseph’s College (A), Jakhama on 9th Oct, 2021 from  9:30 am to 2:30 pm through zoom platform. The primary objective of the webinar was to raise awareness of the recently launched NEP, 2020 among the teaching staffs. Total participants were 61 teaching staffs from the various Departments of St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama.

Ms. Vilavonuo Maria Kulnu, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, chaired the inaugural Session and welcome note was delivered by Dr. Fr. George Keduolhou Angami, Principal, St. Joseph’s College(A) Jakhama.

Ms. Tiamongla Jamir, HOD, Department of Education, delivered the keynote address where she stressed that a good educational institution is one in which every student feels welcomed and cared for, where a safe and stimulating learning environment exists, where a diverse range of learning experiences is available, and where all students have access to good physical infrastructure and appropriate learning resources. Therefore, she emphasized that every educational institution should strive to attain those qualities as their main goal. She stated that the main focus of National Education Policy 1986 which was approved 34 years, was regarding access and equity of education where the main purpose of the NEP 2020 is to design a vision and framework for both quality school and higher education.

Following the inaugural session the first technical session was led by Dr. Chingpai Lily, Assistant Professor, and the presenter was Ms. Kezienguno, Assistant Professor, where she delivered the first part of the NEP 2020 on School Education. She said that the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 that was changed after a long 34 years of gap aims to reorient the education system towards meeting the needs of the 21st century, the era of knowledge to make India a global knowledge superpower. She delivered on all the dimensions under school education that included: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): the foundation of learning; foundational literacy and numeracy: an urgent & necessary prerequisite to learning; curtailing dropout rates and ensuring universal access to education at all levels; curriculum and pedagogy in schools: learning should be holistic, integrated, enjoyable and engaging; teachers; equitable and inclusive education: learning for all; efficient resourcing and effective governance through school complexes/clusters; and standard-setting and accreditation for school education.

The second technical session was chaired by Ms. Kezienguno, Assistant Professor. Ms. Tiamongla Jamir, HOD, Department of Education and Dr. Chingpai Lily, Assistant Professor presented on the second part of NEP 2020; and the third and fourth part was presented by Ms. Vilavonuo Maria Kulnu, Assistant Professor. Ms. Tiamongla Jamir, delivered her talk on the first half of the second part of NEP 2020 under Higher education where she stressed that higher education significantly contributes towards sustainable livelihoods and economic development of the nation. Therefore, seeing the need of the countries’ 21st century requirement for quality higher education, the NEP 2020 has given changes in various areas when it comes to higher education. She further included her delivery on quality universities and colleges: a new and forward-looking vision for the India’s higher education system; towards a more holistic and multidisciplinary education; important changes in graduation program and master programme; optimal learning environments and support for students; and motivated, energized and capable faculty.

Dr. Chingpai Lily delivered on the second half of the second part of NEP 2020 on higher education where she stressed on inclusive education, teacher education, vocational education, catalyzing quality academic research in all fields through a new National Research Foundation, and transforming the regulatory system of higher education by re-energizing the higher education through the through various councils like – NHERC, NAAC, HEGC, GEC AND NSQF.

The last presenter, Ms. Vilavonuo Maria Kulnu, delivered on the third part on other key areas of focus that included professional education; adult education and lifelong learning; promotion of Indian languages, arts and culture; technology use and integration; and online and digital education: ensuring equitable use of technology. On the fourth part of NEP 2020, she delivered on strengthening the central advisory board of education; financing: affordable and quality education for all; and implementations.

Following the last presenter, Dr. Fr. George Keduolhou Angami, Principal, summarizes the delivery sessions on NEP 2020 and the webinar ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Hormila G. Zingkhai, IQAC Co-ordinator, St. Joseph’s College (A), Jakhama.