Will the new education policy bring out better candidates in future?

Will the new education policy bring out better candidates in future?

Ever since my childhood, I have always questioned the education system. I usually used to raise a question to my parents, why does the quantity of pages matter when the quality with less number of pages could describe the same? I always got one answer, we can’t change the education system. The day before yesterday I heard about the new policy. I felt excited that there would be no more students like me struggling into the number of pages or getting the nervous feeling while walking from graduation to the corporate world.

The Union Cabinet of India has released a new education policy (NEP) on 29th July 2020 which has given birth to a new education system after 34 years. 

  • The NEP’ 2020 emphasizes to retain core learning and thrust on experiential learning and critical thinking.
  • The change in the 10+2 pattern to 5+3+3+4 is gonna help the institutes to have a better version of a student at each stage. 
  • The government is also working to bring the foreign universities set up their campuses in India, this is going to take time but once done the Indian education might gear up with wider advantages than ever thought of.
  • Focus to strengthen the base level and introducing coding to students since class 6th. 
  • 4-year graduation program, one year MBA, and then a candidate could go for his/her PhD. No need for M.phil.

This is not only going to help the students but also will help the nation with increased GDP, more MNC’s will get attracted, the employment opportunities are going to increase and what not.  There is still a long time for these policies to be implemented completely but don’t we feel that this is the time every individual has been waiting for ages? 

Yesterday, I was surfing the internet and I found a stand-up comedy video on the NEP while watching it one of the jokes actually made me realize that this is the reality. The need of the hour is gonna change, we will no longer help the younger ones, they are gonna help us. The upcoming generations are going to be way smarter than our expectations.

The practical implementation of the theoretical knowledge at the later stage during or after graduation is no longer the way the students are gonna learn. The government felt the need to build these skills amongst the students since class 6 itself. A better opportunity arose for the generation with the decision of eliminating the limitations to a particular stream system. The Vice president (Sales and marketing) of Pearson India stated that the “Integration of creative combinations of subjects, specialized learning, character development, blended learning, interdisciplinary methods, and flexible curriculums will help strengthen the emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills of students”. All these things once implemented opens the gate to a better future.

We are talking about the future right? Why not put light on the future candidates of the corporate world? Let us once imagine that the future candidates applying for the job will have a mix of management, creative, and technical skills. The ratio of getting rejected because of the stream background is about to face a downfall.  Looking out on the long run the advantage this policy is going to serve is in large quantity as a year dropout is also gonna have skills and a certificate to prove, no doubt the corporate world is still going to look out more for candidates with a degree but they won’t be rejecting without interviewing the candidates on the basis of their educational background because they would have polished a lot of skills till their graduation ends. Enlightening this point Nitish Jain, the President of SP Jain School of Global Management said that “The NEP recognizes the need of the hour, and places increased focus on technology-based learning and application through virtual labs and divyang-friendly software, which if implemented effectively, will lead to equitable access to education while creating a more future-ready workforce”.

Picturing the recruitment process after 6-7 years, the recruiters will be feeling the breath of the new air.  The candidates’ screening procedure would be a difficult task and a more difficult process would be the interview part. The candidates are going to face a great level of competition where proving themselves better than other candidates might even make them feel like a herculean task, but even we aren’t sure because it’s just an imagination. There is a possibility that the candidates come out with a better and smarter solution to excel in the interview too. There is a very less possibility that the present candidates will be able to match the level of future candidates or if they wish to they need to diversify and increase the level of their learnings to a high level. Moreover, the future candidates are going to prove themselves a better employee, entrepreneur, or professional with the diversified skills they will be owning, and the recruiters and the recruitment process will match the need of the hour 14-15 years later. Let us wait and see the glory of the nation with a much more educated workforce!!

One of the career counselors and mentor Mr. Alok Bansal in an interview presented his opinion that “The New Education Policy, as announced by the Government, has the potential of revamping the way the youth of our country are skilled to take up global roles. The Education Policy has maintained a delicate balance between the traditions and the interdisciplinary approach, which is the need of the day”. His thoughts clearly express that even the people who are a part of the education system felt the need for the change and how excited each one is for the new policy to get into practice soon.

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