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Karnataka, first state to issue order implementing New Education Policy

The BJP led Government in Karnataka, on Saturday issued an order to implement New Education Policy in the State.

After taking charge as the new higher education of the state, Dr CN Ashwath Narayana announced this decision. A meeting was chaired by Narayana with the officials of the department and state higher education council after which the decision was taken. 

In a statement given to media persons, Ashwath said “By doing this, Karnataka has become the first state in the nation to issue the order with regard to implementation of NEP-2020.” The implementation of the policy will be done as per the guidelines issued by the Centre on the New Education Policy 2020, he further added.

The policy aims to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education which includes vocational education from 26.3% in 2018 to 50% by 2035. It also aims to add 3.5 crore new seats to Institutions of higher education. 

As per the policy, the students joining BA OR BSc degree courses shall opt for two subjects (as discipline core) available at their respective colleges.

The policy seeks to overhaul the entire system through various new reforms. This will ensure a single regulator to oversee the higher education system while the students will be allowed to choose between three and four-year undergraduate courses.

Under this policy, there will not be MPhil courses before PhD.

Further, if a student discontinues, for any reason, after completing the second year of graduation (National Skills Qualification Framework Level 6) by obtaining the necessary credits, he/she shall be given the Diploma Degree. On the other hand, if for any reason, a student discontinues, after completing the 3rd year of graduation (National Skills Qualification Framework Level 7) by obtaining the necessary credits, he/she will be awarded with the Bachelor's Degree.

As per the guidelines, Students can discontinue only after completion of even semesters and they can join only for odd semesters. Colleges will have the choice to integrate courses for 5 years in addition to degrees of 3 years and honors degrees of 4 years. 

The Government has directed the colleges to prepare a separate Kannada curriculum for those who have not studied Kannada either in PUC or equivalent level or for those whose mother tongue is not Kannada.

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