State Research Foundation in the offing
Guwahati, Sept 8: Governor Prof. Mukhi said, “National Education Policy NEP 2020 is the first education policy of the twenty-first century announced on 29th July 2020, which leads the way for transformational reforms for qualitative and quantitative development of the human resources of the country”.
Speaking at a day-long conference on ‘Implementation of NEP 2020 in Assam as a follow-up of Varanasi Conclave’ at Assam Administrative Staff College here on Thursday, the Governor said that NEP 2020 has become a white paper on country’s education and the Government’s intention as to how it wants to bring about the development of the country based on the education from primary to higher education.
The Governor also said that Education is the foundation of a society which plays a pivotal role in building a nation and transforming its future. He also said that an education policy is also a statement of the Government as to how it wants to develop the huge human resources depending on education.
Speaking on the occasion chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the State Government will set up a State Research Foundation in line with National Research Foundation as envisaged in NEP-2020.
Sharing his observation on the NEP, Sarma said that the proposed Research Foundation is expected to promote innovative research with quantifiable outcomes.
The chief minister also said that his Government has decided to establish four nano-incubation centres at Bongaigaon, Silchar, Dibrugarh and Tezpur to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Meanwhile, Mukhi also said that the Government of Assam has its definite action plan to implement the NEP 2020 in letter and spirit. He said that to reap dividends from NEP 2020, the Government is implementing some actionable points like a common timetable, a common grading pattern and a common curriculum. He also said that the universities should work in an accountable manner to implement NEP 2020.
The Governor said that during the Varanasi Conclave it was suggested that the Governor may conduct periodic review of steps taken for implementation of NEP 2020 with vice chancellors of the universities. He, therefore, has taken special care for holding brain-storming sessions with all the stakeholders to pave the way for total implementation of NEP 2020.
He also informed that over the past two years several discussions, seminars, and webinars have been conducted across the State to understand and appreciate the Higher Education policy document for the all-around development of the students of Assam.
It may be noted that the conference which was organised by Raj Bhavan, Assam in partnership with Higher Education Department, Government of Assam saw the presence and participation of minister of Education Dr. Ranoj Pegu, vice chancellors and educationists from across the country.