Stressing the need for a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Sastra University Vice-Chancellor S Vaidhyasubramaniam said the New Education Policy (NEP) will bring important changes such as the “phygital education”, creative ways of pedagogy and choice-based opportunity for students.
Participating at the BLChangemaker Awards Ceremony in New Delhi, Vaidhyasubramaniam said the boundary between public and private institutions will slowly fade away because of the NEP 2020, which has come after a gap of 34 years.
“The policy is perfectly in place. We need a HECI, which can usurp all the regulatory bodies so that institutions should no longer run to different corners for different types of solutions. All should be unified so that teething problems are removed,” he said.
He also advocated a creative model, calling it a “not-for-loss venture” that can arise between “for-profit” and “not-for-profit” models. One major change that will disrupt the conventional learning-learning mechanism is the combination of physical and digital education, called phygital, said Vaidhyasubramaniam, adding that it will happen at all levels, starting at KG and not just higher education. I will provide students with many opportunities that were not there before, he added.
“The NEP 2020 itself has a number of policies that can bring about creative change, addressing not only the issue of affordability, but a host of other issues that the education ecosystem has faced for quite a few years. These are transformational policies that don’t happen very often,” he said further.
The central part of NEP 2020 is to give institutions a sense of autonomy, he said adding the difference between public and private educational institutions will blur.
The shelf life of NEP is 30 years and it doesn’t go overnight the journey has begun and will surely reach the goals. When asked about the rising costs of education, he said: “The flexibility given to institutions has created many opportunities to build a sustainable model that can lower education costs. The fear that NEP will increase costs is not really true.” He also said the huge investments being made in the education sector worldwide also shorten the time it takes to set up an institution.