Gender and economic policy discussion forum XXXIV
Assessing the gendered implications of the national education policy 2020 on higher education in India
Venue: Zoom platform
We are happy to announce next in the series of the XXXII Gender and Economic Policy Discussion Forum. The online discussion is titled 'Assessing the gendered implications of the national education policy 2020 on higher education in India'.
National Education Policy (NEP 2020) aims to initiate a major restructuring of the higher education landscape in India. With many new propositions including changes to the pedagogic structure, introduction of a national eligibility test for all college admissions, a centralized research curriculum, expansion of vocational training, amendments to the dropout policy, etc. many have hailed these to be landmark in terms of the far-reaching impact it will have on access to quality education. As the policy aims to fulfill the target of increasing the GER to 50% by 2035, it is pertinent to understand the implications of all that it proposes. How will these propositions impact the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of our society? How do we unpack the implications of NEP using the framework provided by the Right to Education Act? Has the policy adequately addressed the existing gender gap in higher educations? How do we envisage the implementation of this policy in the light of the stagnant public expenditure on education? These are some of the questions that we hope to address through this discussion forum.
Shalini Yog Shah
Deputy Director & Programme Coordinator, Democracy & Society (Gender) and India International (Global)