New Delhi: Hindu University of Banaras (BHU) held an open discussion on National Education Policy 2020 on January 12, 2022 in a hybrid mode with participants from all over India. The discussion was conducted in collaboration with the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) under the Union Ministry of Education.

The discussion was attended by many academics, teachers, supervisors, heads of departments, principals, employees of the State Department of Education and other staff.

BHU originally organized this discussion to gather opinions and ideas related to National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST) and the National Mentoring Mission (NMM) across the country. Gradually, the university seeks to prepare a plan for the implementation of the issues under discussion.

There were two technical sessions held on NPST and NMM respectively. HCS Rathore, Vice Chancellor Central University of South Bihar, Guy chaired the first session. The second session was chaired by Madhulika Agarwal, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of BSU.

In connection with the current situation, NCTE Chairman Santos Kumar Sarangi and Secretary-General Kesang Yangzom Sherpa participated in the online discussion.

During his speech, Sarangi noted the importance of good teacher training both before admission and during work. According to him, through NPST teachers will be divided into 4 categories – progressive, experienced, qualified and head teachers.

In addition, a teacher evaluation module is being developed to classify them and enable them to develop in their professional field.

In addition, through NMM it is necessary to enrich educational institutions and systems, seeking advice from experienced and retired people who are professionally active and after retirement.

Professor Anil Singh, also a participant in the discussion, stressed that this profession should be practiced only by those who are interested in teaching. Teachers who accidentally choose this profession cannot honestly perform their duties.

Former director of the Central Hindu School NK Shahi, another participant stressed the importance of reflecting on every aspect National Education Policy carefully and taking it. This should ensure the realization of positive chances in the future, he added.

Among other participants, Annapurna Dixit s Arya Tomb PG College, Mahesh Sharma z Central University of Tibetan Studies also shared relevant suggestions regarding increasing the role of teachers and changes in the classroom atmosphere after the pandemic.

Last year University of Delhi also held an open day discussion on NEP 2020 at the North Campus. The event was organized jointly by the University of Delhi, NCTE and the Institute for Lifelong Learning (ILLL).

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