The Promised Land: India’s National Education Policy 2020
The NEP 2020 was a long overdue assessment of the state of education in India. Crafted by a diverse group of experts, the NEP 2020 offered a radical overhaul of the system at all levels. Its adoption by Parliament in the thick of the pandemic left little room for critical evaluation and little scope for refinement.
In the past two years many institutions are realigning their educational goals with the NEP 2020. I will discuss some of the welcome changes the policy aims to bring about as well as the formidable challenges that it faces in implementation, mainly focussing on higher education.
Rukmini S is an independent data journalist based in Chennai, India. Her work focuses on inequality, gender, caste and politics. Rukmini was earlier National Data Editor of The Hindu newspaper and now writes independently for Indian and international publications. Most recently, Rukmini’s work on estimating COVID deaths in India won a 2022 Sigma Award, the global data journalism awards. Her first book, ‘Whole Numbers & Half Truths: What Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About Modern India’, was published by Amazon Westland in December 2021. Rukmini has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.