On Sunday, former University Grants Commission cha. person Dr. Sukhadeo Thorat said multidisciplinary courses in the new National Education Policy to impart skill education to students should be voluntary and not compulsory.
The eminent economist and professor were speaking at a seminar on ‘Objectives and Challenges of Changing National Education Policy’ organized by the Latur rotary club in collaboration with Dayanand Education Society and Jaykranti Shiskhan Prasarak Mandal.
The multiple duration in degree courses in the NEP creates a hierarchy within the education system and also some parts may be inaccessible to poor students, he said.
“The main objectives of the NEP are quality improvement and equity and inclusion. Multidisciplinary courses in the NEP to impart skill education to students must be voluntary and not compulsory,” he said.
The NEP announced on July 29, 2020, proposes various reforms in school education including technical education.
One of the main aims of the NEP 2020 is to ensure there is no hard separation between Arts and Sciences, curricular and extra-curricular activities, and vocational and academic streams.