GUWAHATI: Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi said that he constituted a committee of selected Vice Chancellors (VCs) to study the ways and means and suggest the timelines and strategies for the implementation of National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020), in the Higher Education sector in Assam. The Governor also requested the President and the Prime Minister to set up two Central government institutions namely 'Multidisciplinary Education and Research University' (MERU) and an 'Indian Institute of Translation and Interpretation' (IITI) in Assam.
Presenting his views at a virtual meeting of Governor' Conference named the 'National Conference on the Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education in India' Prof Mukhi said that the committee had its first meeting and provided a series of recommendations, stated a release.
The Governor further said that considering the 'NEP-2020' — the first of-its-kind to Indianize the Education system in 34 years — a Rajyik Shiksha Aayog would be constituted in Assam for total implementation of the recommendations of NEP-2020. The Governor also said that since the multidisciplinary approach is the cornerstone of NEP, steps will be taken to convert the existing colleges in the State along with giving them autonomy in a graded manner.
The Governor also apprised that two new Bills brought out in the first week of September 2020, for the establishment of two new Universities, were suitably redrafted, in consonance with NEP-2020 and passed in the State Assembly soon after.
The Governor also shared that in the institutions of higher education, research on important and socially relevant cutting edge areas will be promoted along with encouraging bilingual and multilingual teachings in schools. He also said that curriculum under NEP-2020 will be made flexible to encourage multiple entry and exit.
Advisor to the Education Department, Government of Assam, Prof. Mihir Kanti Choudhury, Commissioner and Secretary, Government of Assam, Higher Education Department Preetam Saikia, Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor SS Meenakshi Sundaram, Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University Prof. PJ Handique, Additional Secretary to the Governor Swapna Dutta Deka were also present in the meeting, the release added.