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WATCH: Demystifying India’s NEP 2020 (higher education)

21 July 2021

At a recent seminar, a diverse range of speakers reflected on the new National Education Policy (NEP) and the changing Indian higher education landscape

speakers at NEP 2020 (HE) seminar

On 29 June 2021, UCL Global Engagement, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Education, hosted a seminar on India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, a comprehensive framework for the development of education in India.

Chaired by UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (South Asia) Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, the seminar focused on higher education and brought together a select group of senior academics, policy experts and regulatory experts from India to demystify the NEP and take stock of the changing Indian higher education landscape.

Speakers from a diverse range of eminent institutions including IIT-Madras, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, Anna University, Shiv Nadar University, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, IIT-Bombay and Oxford University spoke about the practicality and implementation of the NEP from their institutional perspective.

One particular area of shared interest was creating research intensive institutions underpinned by a National Research Foundation in India.

The seminar also facilitated discussions on research within higher education institutions in India and highlighted potential collaboration opportunities for UCL, such as in bidirectional teaching, learning and research.

The implementation plan for higher education, soon to be launched by India’s Ministry of Education, will further help to identify where and how UCL can support the unfolding journey. Funds will be needed at the UK end to bid for, and secure, any bilateral activities between UCL and partners in India.

The seminar on the NEP 2020’s impact on higher education is available to watch below in four parts:

Part 1: Welcome, overview and developments on the NEP

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Part 2: Changing higher education & the emergence of a quality-driven research agenda in India

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Part 3: From policy to practicality – views from Indian institutions

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Part 4: Closing remarks and next steps

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A second seminar on the NEP 2020, focusing on school education, is planned to take place on 3 November 2021. 
If you would like to share any thoughts or insights on the NEP, please contact UCL Senior Partnership Manager for South Asia Dr Amit Khandelwal (amit.khandelwal@ucl.ac.uk).

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