NEW EDUCATION POLICY 2020 & REFORMS

The cabinet has approved the New Education Policy 2020. There are lot of noteworthy points to discuss about the new policy. Some of the reforms will help us align with SDG4 & SDG5. The following are some of the highlights, there are more:

> Right to Education (RTE) is changed, it now covers from 3 years to 18 years (Learners can get free education till age of 18 in government institutions).
> Four Year Undergraduate degree has been introduced, institutions can now offer 4 years UG Degree (institutions can offer 4 years UG along with 3 years degree).
> Store and carry forward academic credits: Learners can use the credits earned at any education institution for further education, this is particularly useful for college dropouts (Dropouts in degree programs can get a certificate and carry forward their credits earned to continue their education in future from where they have left).
> Single regulator for the entire University Education/Higher Education (Single regulator for all higher education, excluding Legal and medical education).
> Medium of instruction till class 5 is encouraged to be in Mother tongue.

For highlights on the education policy reforms you can look at :https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1642049. Read the full policy here: https://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/Draft_NEP_2019_EN_Revised.pdf

World’s new waste management challenge

The new global waste management challenge is COVID19 waste. Majority of the surgical masks, gloves and other Personal protective equipment used in COVID19 health care facilities are made from single use plastic. These are being dumped carelessly by waste management companies leading to environment pollution. Oceans have been found with massive amounts of gloves and masks underwater. Majority of these waste are not biodegradable which means that they have long after life, perhaps decades. Some of these waste is discarded in animal habitats, which when mistakenly consumed by animals will lead to their death. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/ppe-masks-gloves-coronavirus-ocean-pollution/. Some other data is available at: https://earth.org/covid-19-unmasking-the-environmental-impact/