Webinar on "Impact of NEP- 2020 on Minority Educational Institutions"

Webinar on "Impact of NEP- 2020 on Minority Educational Institutions"

Minorities’ students can shine with hard work, proficiency in spoken English & computer skills: Webinar on NEP – 2020

New Delhi 6th Sept. 2020: The Federation of Muslim Educational Institutions-India (FMEII) conducted a webinar on the topic of “Impact of NEP- 2020 on Minority Educational Institutions” on 6th September, 2020.

The webinar started with the welcome speech by Jb. Shams Tabrez, Gen. Sec., FMEII.

Various participants in the webinar expressed their concern over things missing or vague in the NEP-2020.

The Vice-President, FMEII, Mr. Nusrat Ali said that the draft of NEP-2020 highlighted the contribution of ancient India to the education in the country but fails to mention the contribution of medieval period and post-independence period to the education. He appreciated the NEP-2020 for providing facility of education up to Std 5 in the mother tongue of and also increasing of education outlay to 6 per cent of the GDP.

"The educational contributions of institutions like Mahmood Gawan, Bidar University, AMU, JMI, and JNU etc. in post-independent India have been totally neglected in the final draft," he added. He also expressed his deep concern that whatever the minorities did for the development of education was also not mentioned in the NEP draft.

Mr. P. A. Inamdar, President of the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society that runs dozens of educational institutions in Pune, said that the NEP - 2020 and educational rights of minority communities protected under article-30 of the constitution are not related. He also emphasized on giving communication skill classes and computer training to students as well as teachers as the concept of education is changing from the traditional to digital system.

Rev. Fr. Sunny Jacob SJ, Secretary, Jesuit Education Association (JEA), New Delhi, briefly explained the background of the policy. He also appreciated the policy for introducing elements like diversity, equity and inclusion, community participation, use of technology and innovation and creativity in the new education program of the country.

Dr. Nirmal Kumar Jain, Principal of the Hiralal Jain Senior Secondary School, said that while NEP - 2020 emphasizes on making India into a global knowledge super-power, the 62-page policy document did not mention "Secular word" even once.

Mr. Kamal Farooqui, Former Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission, said that with hard work the children can break the barrier and excel in their career. He further said that we have to take benefit from minorities educational rights, educational experts, people working for minorities and from the government to set up educational institutions.

Dr. D.S. Jaggi, Ex-Controller of Examination, Delhi University, said that learning multiple languages is good for the bright future of children in this globalized world. Apart from this, he also laid stress on giving self defense training to girls.

Mrs. Harvinder Kaur, Former DMC member, associated with Guru Nanak Public school for many years, said that “India is known for its unity in diversity, and it is a secular country. We have to work together for the progress of minority institutions. The poor students should be given scholarships.”

Prof. Manzoor Ahmed, in his presidential address said that children are needed to be connected for at least 8 years with their mother tongue and culture which will be helpful for learning new language, developing creativity, and opening the vista for bright future. Besides, he also recommended to give communication skill classes and computer training to children.

Mr. John Dayal, Secretary General, All India Christian Council; Dr. M.D. Thomas, Founder Director, Institute of Harmony and Peace studies, New Delhi; Mr. Dal Chand, Chairman, Shikshit Bano Charitable Trust and many other educationalists and experts from different universities attended the webinar.