Students unclear about the NEP

Education Karnataka

The government, however, continues to hold workshops and seminars to bring clarity. No clear communication has left students confused about choosing the right subjects.

Students in Karnataka are still not sure of how to choose electives and courses under New Education Policy (NEP). Most private and government colleges have already started their admission process.

Shivam Murty, a second-year B.Com student said that he had no clue about how the policy was being implemented. He said that no proper guidelines were  provided, and that he was confused about choosing the right electives. Many students seem to only know that there is a new education policy, but seem to have little idea of what it entails. An 18-year-old first year undergraduate student, V Sadhna, 18, said, she wasn’t exactly aware of the NEP policy because she did not attend the seminar organized by her college.

Webinars and workshops have been organized by the Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) for faculty, college departments, students and parents. KSHEC Vice Chairman, Thimme Gowda B, said that the number of queries they got on the policy have reduced over time. However, he said, “Whatever support they need, we will extend.”

Shobha R, Head of Sanskrit Department from Maharani College said that the policy has been long overdue. However, she said that the lack of clear communication has delayed and bungled the execution process. She said that they were still in the process of creating a syllabus for the curriculum and given that they had limited time it added to their work load.

As per a report, the curriculum has been finalised and sent to all schools and colleges Dr. Rama T, a bio technology professor at the Nrupathunga University, Bengaluru said, the first week of the semester will be a bridge course to cover the basics. This will give students the time to understand the new system and help them make informed decisions.

There has been a lack of communication from the government’s end and that is a major reason why students are not fully aware of the scheme, said Dr. Shubhi Yadav, PhD scholar.