The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has designed a new blueprint for higher education in India. The new policy is based on a multidisciplinary approach of liberal education that provides a broad intellectual foundation to think critically, reason analytically, and communicate clearly. The NEP has emphasized the need for 21st century skills.
If higher education is to prepare students for life, for work and for becoming effective members of society, it is important to provide a holistic foundation of knowledge, skills, and values to view the world from scientific, artistic, and humanistic angles. As someone has said, “Wisdom is infinite, but we take hold of a branch and think it is the whole tree.”
These objectives recall the four pillars formulated by UNESCO in 1996.
- Learning to know – acquiring a body of knowledge and learning how to learn, so as to benefit from the opportunities that education provides throughout life
- Learning to do – acquiring not only an occupational skill but also the competence to deal with many situations and work in teams, and a package of skills that enables one to deal with the various challenges of working life
- Learning to live together – developing an understanding of other people and an appreciation of interdependence in a spirit of respect for the values of pluralism, mutual understanding and peace
- Learning to be – developing one’s personality and being able to act with autonomy, judgement and personal responsibility, while ensuring that education does not disregard any aspect of the potential of a person: memory, reasoning, aesthetic sense, physical capacities, and communication skills.
The University resolves to adhere to the recommendations of the NEP for the UG program in the university from the Academic year 2020-2021.
- The curriculum of all departments for the undergraduate (UG) programme has been planned as per the recommendations of the NEP.
- All UG programmes will now be of four years duration, allowing the students to undergo an in-depth specialisation in the fourth year of their studies with an immersive internship and a research project in their specialisation.
- On completion of the fourth year of study, the student will be eligible for a lateral entry to the second year of a master’s degree programme.
Students may note that they can also opt for an exit after three years of study and will still be awarded a degree under a three-year UG programme.