NEP mandatory, CUET applicable to all universities from 2020: Dr Lochan

  • AUS for implementing NSQF laudable: UGC

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, May 14: The 15th Educational Leadership and Skill Development Summit, attended by 70 university representatives at New Delhi on Friday, has resolved that National Education Policy-2020 (NEP) would be mandatory and Common University Entrance Test (CUET) applicable to all universities from 2022, said ASSOCHAM Education Council co-chairman-cum-World Education Mission (WEM) president Dr Ashwini Lochan.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anadi Ben Patel, Union MoS for Defence & Tourism Ajay Bhat and University Grants Commission chairman Dr Rajendra Agarwal were chief guest, guest of honour & special guest of the summit respectively, which saw participation of to ranking educationists of the country including AIU secretary general Pankaj Mittal and their threadbare discussion on various aspects of education, particularly NEP, CUET and NSQF, to ensure quality.

Dr Lochan had interaction on these issues with UGC chairman Prof M Jagdeesh Kumar, who lauded WEM for implementing Nationally Integrated Education and Competency-based Framework (NSQF) that enables persons to acquire desired competency levels) in Namsai-based Arunachal University of Studies (AUS) run by it, Dr Lochan informed this daily, adding the summit’s resolutions would be implemented by AUS soon to benefit the students.

The AUS, set up in May 2012 with state Govt approval, has largest infrastructures in the state, including class rooms, laboratories, library, 82 faculty member flats, offering over 55 courses to 4,500 students by 204 teachers & 120 non-teaching staff, has carved a niche for itself as an emerging university.

While addressing 6th convocation ceremony of AUS as chief guest on April 8 last when degrees (PG-270, UG-340, MPhil-4, PhD-6, DSc-1), were conferred including 46 gold medalists, state Education Minister Taba Tedir had advised all passing out students to study with commitment and discipline with ‘sky is the limit’ spirit. “Be job providers, particularly in vast agri-horti sectors, instead of job seekers to win laurels for India, Arunachal & AUS particular”.

“There are 21 private colleges, 7 private universities, including four functional, one law college & one central varsity (RGU) to offer quality education while competitive spirit rules the state now. Even poor but brilliant students are cracking APSSB & APPSC examinations to get jobs, an initiative of Pema Khandu Govt”, Tadir had said.

Dr Lochan’s initiatives, including laying foundation stone of Centre for Skill Development & Vocational Studies by Tedir  and 60 GNM) and 59 BSc (Nursing) students joining AUS Nursing School the next day, clearly indicate  AUS  commitment to its mission “to develop leaders of tomorrow by imparting value based education, foster success by developing critical thinking, effective communication, creativity & cultural awareness in a safe, accessible, congenial environment and affordable learning” and vision “to be an institution of excellence by imparting best of the educational facilities to the students, irrespective of cast, creed, region, religion or any other factor, which discriminates between one human being to another”, according to its chancellor Kamal Lochan.

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