Bringing Together NAEP & NEP

Context:

• To align the National Agricultural Education Policy (NAEP) with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which is based on five pillars, namely, Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability to achieve the 2030 agenda, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has prepared a road map with a detailed timeline for implementation of NEP by Agricultural Universities.

About NAEP:

 The introduction of agricultural education at middle school level in the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) is a good initiative.
 It is the first of its kind project in India and aims at bringing academic credit banks and degree programs with entry-exit alternatives to Universities focussed on crop sciences, fisheries, veterinary and dairy preparation and research.
 With the entry-exit options available, the National Agricultural Education Policy opens up the opportunity for students to continue with their diploma and advanced diploma as and when they are able to resume their studies and earn themselves a full-time college degree.

About NEP:

• This National Education Policy envisions an education system rooted in Indian ethos that contributes directly to transforming India, that is Bharat, sustainably into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society, by providing high-quality education to all, and thereby making India a global knowledge superpower.
• The Policy envisages that the curriculum and pedagogy of our institutions must develop among the students a deep sense of respect towards the Fundamental Duties and Constitutional values, bonding with one’s country, and a conscious awareness of one’s roles and responsibilities in a changing world.
• The vision of the Policy is to instill among the learners a deep-rooted pride in being Indian, not only in thought, but also in spirit, intellect, and deeds, as well as to develop knowledge, skills, values, and dispositions that support responsible commitment to human rights, sustainable development and living, and global well-being, thereby reflecting a truly global citizen.

Source: THE HINDU.

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