The New Education Policy states the educational institutes to have multi-disciplinary courses in the higher education. The policy, approved on Wednesday, aims to increases its enrolment ratio to 50% b 2035, says HRD Ministry. In order to ensure maximum enrolment, the ministry has approved the multidisciplinary education with the flexibility of subjects.
As the New Policy predominates the entire higher education, it will take over the University Grants Commission and the All India Council For Technical Education. This will function as a single regulator called the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). HECI will be having “four independent verticals” which takes care the functions of regulation, funding, accreditation and setting standards for learning outcomes.
The NEP will act as a single regulator for the higher education and enables “broad-based, flexible learning”.
NEP also proposed the re-establishment of 4-year undergraduate program in Liberal Arts Science Education (LASE). This will have multiple exit exam options and MPhil programs will be removed. The LASE program will be designed in such a way that it improves the critical thinking, communication skills, scientific temper, social responsibilities, etc.
Also, to pursue a PhD, either a Master’s degree or a four-year Bachelor’s degree with research is a must.