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The Times of India |

Mumbai: Educationists have demanded more transparency, autonomy and equality for students of all genders in the proposed New Education Policy (NEP). The Centre should expedite the process of conferring autonomous status to colleges that have completed 25 years of existence, skill development should be embedded in the teaching-learning process and not be offered as disjointed courses, and established colleges should be allowed to run distance and online courses. These are some suggestions made by Jesuits in higher education in a letter to the Ministry of Human Resources & Development. The board, which comprises of 68 colleges in the country, including St Xavier’s College (Mumbai), met recently to discuss the themes and issues under the NEP.  While several educationists have come forward to give suggestions to the MHRD, the state government has invited all stakeholders for a discussion organised at Sydenham College on Tuesday. State higher & technical education minister Vinod Tawde, who will be at the forum, said, “We are holding seminars and discussion with stakeholders and we intend to collectively present our suggestions to the Centre.”

He added that according to him the Centre should ensure universities have some local area connect. “There should be stress on education with relevance. Employability of students should be of prime concern. Lastly, there should be some differentiation between educationally qualified and professionally qualified. The discussion on skill development is vast and we need to focus on that too,” said Tawde.  St Xavier’s College principal Agnelo Menezes, who has written on behalf of the Jesuit institutions, stated in the letter that if an autonomous college is able to function excellently in terms of quality and is giving access to the poor and rural candidates and first generation learners, it should be free of restrictive regulations.- Courtesy


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