After nearly three decades of previous educational reforms, the NEP 2020 brings forth a major change in the way students gain education in India. The new education policy aims to make education immersive, integrated, and immersive. It breaks down walls and barriers between students pursuing what they like and opens doors to holistic learning.
So what are the major advantages of bringing this reform into education policy? And what can be setbacks to the implementation of this education policy? Let’s take a look at all the aspects surrounding NEP 2020.
5 Advantages of Nep 2020 for Architectural Students
Choose Your Favorite Subjects
Nep 2020 design brings forth a major reform in how students choose their subjects. This policy allows architectural students to choose humanities subjects and vice versa. The change in education policy is to control the hands of children, it gives them hope for a greater future. A future that is not dependent on one subject but on a lot of them. The policy also aims at eliminating the occurrence of universities that teach only one stream of subjects. And creating a knowledge hub that has all the subjects that a student may desire to choose.
Rote learning and exams have pushed away many students who wanted to pursue architecture, with the advent of NEP 2020, they can also learn architecture. This education policy aims to make learning more practical and reality linked. Adopting this policy means that architectural students no longer have to study books that are not directly related to architecture. Moreover, architecture students have to spend two years getting used to practical learning that is given in the colleges and forget the book-centered learning in schools.
Duration of Architectural Course
Architectural courses consist of five years, but this new education policy enables students to exit their courses in just three years. Even if these students are exiting their courses in three years, they would still be eligible to get a full degree. This policy also introduces site analysis architecture to the architecture curriculum. These field trips enable students to study the architecture of old monuments, this move also encourages the study of Indian cultures and traditions.
Learn in Your Mother Tongue
Those who felt highly distracted to study in a foreign language can now study in their language. Studying in your mother tongue gives you the confidence that you can understand everything. This is unlike a foreign language that is difficult to understand and half of the students spend time contemplating what the sentence means rather than understanding the concept. Nep 2020 policy makes it compulsory for getting knowledge in Mother’s tongue till grade 8. You can choose if you want to continue studying in your mother tongue.
Holistic and Overall Development
While the previous education policy was so adamant about teaching students the laws that were defined in books, rather than teaching them what defines reality. The new law imposes importance on a holistic approach to learning, with the choice of studying what students want to study. There would be a division of learning to the 5+3+3+4 format from the previous 10+2 format. There would be an increase in focus on vocational learning rather than theoretical learning. This will help architectural students to gain a skill or two before they enter college.
3 Main Challenges of Implementing the New Education Policy
The Burden of Implementation
Although the NEP 2020 plans to improve education, there is a big roadblock to the success of this policy. There are about 15.4 million school students, and implementing this policy means changing the curriculum of these students, which can be a lot to take in. Another important thing to ponder is whether private, public, and state institutions can be brought together to agree to this policy which can be a mammoth task in itself.
Changing The Mindset
The NEP 2020 aims to change learning from content-based rote learning to practice and industry-associated learning. The thought of bringing the people at every step of the education system can be an overwhelming task in itself. This shift in learning also requires the institutions to bring change in their equipment and ways of learning to accommodate modern learning methods. This change may take more time than estimated by the NEP 2020.
Cooperation Between the State and Center
For learning to be unified, there should be cooperation between the states and central government. The center needs to ensure to bring out policies that would encourage opposition-ruled states to implement NEP 2020 and not reject it as Tamil Nadu did previously. And this can be a hefty task as the visible breakdown of trust between the center and state.
NEP 2020 brings out policies that would make the Indian education system at par with global education systems. It makes it easier for students to opt for global education and take an easy exit. But a few things should be kept in mind like making sure that private and public sectors both work hand in hand to bring forth the policy. Ensuring that the education sector gets enough finances to be able to bring about change is another important criterion.