CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRIME FOCUS FOR HOLISTIC EDUCATION: NEW NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY 2020
Small Enterprise|November 2020
The Union Cabinet approved The National Education Policy 2020-NEP on July 29, 2020[1]. The NEP proposes a paradigm shift on how education is disbursed by various institutions across the country. As the present education system limits itself in various aspects and unable to encourage innovative and out-of-the-box thinking among young minds. A much-needed move for the transformation of education ecosystem The NEP seeks to establish an educational landscape that caters to the overall-development of students in order to create industry ready work force to meet global industry requirements and also emphasis on entrepreneurship and startups ecosystem. This work presents NEP 2020 from creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship perspective.
Dr.Kiran Kumari Patil

Introduction:

Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship remain at the heart of the Policy. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (now, the Ministry of Education) has recognized that India lags behind when it comes to research, innovation and entrepreneurship. This lack of creative and critical thinking mainly stems from the fact that the current educational framework does not award such thinking. This has resulted in stagnation of Intellectual properties, local manufacturing and self-sustainability. Creativity leads to innovation and innovation eventually results in the generation of Intellectual Property and further can be taken up to entrepreneurship and startups.

New Policy aims for Universalization of Education from pre-school to secondary level with 100 % GER in school education by 2030 and aims to bring 2 crore out of school children back into the main stream [5]. New Policy aims for Universalization of Education from pre-school to secondary level with 100 % GER in school education by 2030

Key Principles of NEP 2020

A multi-disciplinary approach to develop 21st century skills

A multi-disciplinary approach that eases the divide between arts, science and technical colleges is a welcome move to prepare students for jobs in the future. In the longer run, the NEP aims to make education flexible and broad-based to develop equivalence of vocational and academic streams.

The purpose is to create useful capabilities while offering specializations across disciplines. The focus of the framework is to allow flexibility to students to select their field of study that aligns with their area of interest. For example, a student pursuing music will be able to learn coding and science together. The result will be a creative combination as well as a flexible curriculum for students.

More importantly, NEP signals the end of rote learning. The comprehensive framework brings in assessments based on the application of core concepts to inculcate a problem-solving mindset. The focus will be on revamping the curricula in tandem with global standards. Integrating vocational and academic courses will help develop industry-ready professionals, equipped with ‘21st century skills’.

With the introduction of many transformational reforms, the NEP will undoubtedly result in the increased generation of ideas leading to increase in SME and MSMEs in future.

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