Pune: A joint press conference was held in Pune, bringing together key educational institutions to shed light on the successful implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The event was organized collaboratively by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Regional Office Pune; Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Pune; State Council of Educational Research And Training (SCERT), Pune; and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pune.
During the conference, several notable achievements and initiatives were highlighted, emphasizing the impact of NEP 2020 on transforming the educational landscape in India.
Mr B. Venkateswaran, Deputy Commissioner of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Pune, began by discussing some of the major achievements of the Ministry of Education in implementing NEP 2020. He shed light on "PM Schools for Rising India" (PM SHRI), an ambitious initiative launched in its first phase with 14,500 schools across the country. Among these schools, 59 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in Pune are part of this flagship program.
Another important milestone, the "National Digital Education Architecture" (NDEAR), aims to create a unified national digital infrastructure to invigorate and catalyze the education ecosystem. Mr Venkateswaran also highlighted the "NIPUN BHARAT - National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy," which was launched to promote foundational literacy and numeracy skills among young learners.
The introduction of the "Vidyanjali portal" by the Ministry of Education was emphasized, which enables the public to support schools by contributing human resources and creating assets for their preferred institutions.
Additionally, the "National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage" (NCF FS) was launched, providing an integrated curriculum framework for children aged 3 to 8 in India. Furthermore, the four-year "Integrated Teacher Education Program" (ITEP) was introduced in various central and state institutions, including IITs, NITs, RIEs, and government colleges.
Mr. Venkateswaran emphasized that NVS RO Pune has 73 JNVs spread across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, and UTs, all of which have been implementing NEP-2020 in alignment with the directives of the Ministry of Education. He highlighted the adoption of Competency-Based Education in the teaching-learning process, focusing on 21st-century skills such as creative thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving, and out-of-the-box thinking through various pedagogies, including sports education, art education, toy-based learning, and storytelling.
Ram Veer, Regional Officer of CBSE Regional Office, Pune, and Head CBSE CoE, Pune, also shared notable achievements based on the recommendations of NEP 2020. He discussed the "Vidya Pravesh" school preparation module for Grade 1 teachers, designed to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all children. The pilot stage of the "Holistic Progress Card" initiative, aiming to assess the 360-degree progress of school children, was also highlighted. Moreover, the "PM-e Vidya" initiative was commended for enabling coherent multimode access to education.
To commemorate the third anniversary of NEP 2020 and promote environmental education and conservation, Shri Ram Veer announced the launch of the "One Child, one Plant Campaign."
Dr Neha Belsare, Deputy Director of SCERT, Pune, informed the attendees about the adoption of NEP-2020 in accordance with the state education policy. She outlined various initiatives undertaken by the State Education Department following SCERT's directives, with 50 tasks already completed across the state and central departments.
Some of the accomplished state tasks include 25 Position Papers on various topics mentioned by NCERT, guidelines for Anganwadi integration with primary schools, capacity building of teachers for Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) for the academic year 2022-23, and the adoption of a 3-month module (Vidya Pravesh).
The press conference underscored the commitment and progress made in implementing NEP 2020, paving the way for a brighter and more inclusive future for education in India.
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