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Assam CM Addresses Review Meeting on Progress of Implementation of NEP in Assam

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Guwahati: Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, in presence of the Governor of the State Gulab Chand Kataria, on Tuesday addressed a “Review Meeting on Progress of Implementation of NEP 2020 in Higher Educational Institutions of Assam” organised by Raj Bhawan, Assam and the State government’s Higher Education Department and General Administration Department at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara.

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Speaking at the event, Chief Minister Dr. Sarma expressed his gratitude towards Governor Gulab Chand Kataria for the latter’s role in holding of the review meeting today. The Chief Minister said the Governor has been relentlessly pursuing the State administration and the higher educational institutions across Assam to implement the provisions of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 since the very beginning of his tenure here.

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The Chief Minister raised concerns about the not-so-satisfactory gross enrolment ratio in higher education in Assam as was highlighted in the recently published All India Survey on Higher Education. Gross enrolment in the State is stuck between 17-18% range despite massive investments in higher education system in the past decade or so, the Chief Minister remarked. He stressed upon the need for a holistic approach so that the State can attain a more desirable gross enrolment ratio in days to come. He added it is the duty of all concerned to see that higher education is made more accessible and affordable for all those who are eligible, irrespective of his or her socioeconomic status. He hinted at exploring the possibility of introducing a new system of scholarship for pursuing courses in higher education in institutions by eligible students across the State. He said higher educational institutions’ campuses should become an epicentre of students’ welfare and institutions may look into the possibility of creating a post of “Director of Students’ Welfare” for that purpose. Students resorting to agitation for matters ranging from educational and course-related issues to political subjects, among others, is a reflection of an educational institution’s failure, he added.

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He urged upon the Vice-Chancellors of universities across the State to do everything within their capacity so that students can look upto them as role models in leadership and welfare of all subordinates. It is incumbent upon the Vice-Chancellors to see that their respective institutions are doing justice to the purposes behind their establishments, the Chief Minister stated.
Stating that there is no place for irregularities in recruitments to fill up vacancies in contemporary Assam, Chief Minister Dr. Sarma appealed to the heads of higher educational institutions across the State to root out all kinds of nepotism and favouritism from their respective campuses. He also called upon the concerned government officials and heads of higher educational institutions to work upon an uniform academic calendar.
He further asked the heads of higher educational institutions to draw up institutional development plans taking into considerations the demands and requirements of the contemporary educational scenario in the country. He also appealed for optimum deployment of resources at the disposal of the higher educational institutions. He further added that promotion of female education has always been a priority area for the current dispensation in the State and that numerous far-reaching measures can be expected in this regard in days to come.
The Chief Minister exuded confidence Assam would be able to get itself counted as a role model in implementation of provisions of NEP 2020 in letter and spirit.
Education Minister Dr. Ranoj Pegu, Education Advisor to Government of Assam Noni Gopal Mahanta and Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Assam VS Samal were also present

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