Mangalore University will organize an awareness program on NEP

As Mangalore University prepares to introduce the New Education Policy or the National Education Policy in the 2021-22 academic year, which will start in October, it will hold an awareness raising program on the new policy for all stakeholders. CN Higher Education Minister Ashwath Narayan will address the stakeholders.

Vice Chancellor of PS Yadapadithaya University said
The Hindu that the program will be held at City Hall here on either August 30 or August 31, while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 protocol. Permission from the Deputy Commissioner will be obtained prior to the organization of the program.

He said that representatives of student associations, university directors, presidents of all study councils, presidents of all postgraduate departments, teachers and members of civil society will be invited to the program.

The Vice-Chancellor said if the policy was to be implemented effectively, it needed everyone’s cooperation. Stakeholders will have to get rid of complacent attitude and negative mindset. “Policy implementation is key. And, therefore, there is a need to change the mentality,” he said.

Mr. Yadapadithaya said that the new education policies introduced in 1968 and 1986 could not effectively achieve their goals due to the slow process of implementation and a mindset that refused to change.

A key feature of the new policy is that it provides students with entry and exit options at different stages. Students can obtain a certificate after a one-year program, a higher diploma after two years of study, a bachelor’s degree after three years, and a bachelor’s degree with research after four years of study. There will be a one-year master’s program and also an option to opt for a two-year master’s program.

One can enroll in research (Ph.D) after four years of study, said the Vice-Chancellor. There is a provision to study online courses during regular study and earn academic credits.

The multiple entry and exit options at the undergraduate level will make a big difference for students during their studies.

Mr. Yadapadithaya said that the working group and sub-committees formed at the university have prepared the skeletal framework of immediately required programs for one year (for two semesters) and have also prepared the model regulations necessary to introduce the courses.

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