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A 19-member task force was formed in October last year under the chairmanship of scientist Raghunath Mashelkar. It identifies 18 provisions of the NEP that can be applied immediately through simple instructions. These include providing a plan for a four-year degree program, launching post-doctoral programs at universities, enabling digital adjunct faculty on board for foreign universities and enabling provision for fee rationalization, and reforming fee regulatory policies. The dual-degree mode of operation and collaboration needed to be defined, and the creation of an academic bank of credit was needed in the medium-term plan, which required some funding.
Mashelkar told TOI that the NEP has given the education system a chance to rethink, rethink and restructure. “One of the important recommendations we have made is to completely transform digital education. We recommend free digital devices and infrastructure for all students, as well as free access to digital education, assessment and employment resources. The idea is to provide digital solutions to students from end to end, ”Mashelkar said. The report estimates that the annual investment for statewide digital transformation will be around Rs 1 lakh crore for the beneficiaries of around 1 lakh lakh students, starting from 10 lakh in 2022-2 in. It comes in at around Rs 10,000 per year, an increase of just 12-18% from current costs, it says.
Rajan Velukar, former vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai, who was chairman of the subcommittee on curriculum, said they suggested a flexible, future empowerment curriculum. HSNC University member, task force and provost Niranjan Hiranandani said, “The report emphasizes on training students in some professions by adopting multi-disciplinary approach … even if they leave midway, they will be equipped with a diploma or degree.”
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