Governor Mukhi presented his views at a virtual meeting of governors’ conference which was graced by President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, minister of state for education Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre and chairman of the committee for draft NEP Dr Kasturirangan.
Mukhi said that he has constituted a committee of selected vice-chancellors to study ways and means to suggest timelines and strategies for the implementation of NEP 2020, in the higher education sector in Assam.
The Assam governor said that the committee, constituted by him, had its first meeting recently and provided a series of recommendations. “A Rajyik Shiksha Aayog would be constituted in Assam for total implementation of the recommendations of NEP 2020,” he said.
Mukhi added that since multidisciplinary approach is the cornerstone of NEP, steps will be taken to convert the existing colleges in the state along with giving them autonomy in a graded manner. The governor also apprised that two new bills brought out in the first week of September for the establishment of two new universities, were suitably redrafted, in consonance with NEP 2020 and passed in the state assembly.
“The governor also shared that in the institutions of higher education, research on important and socially relevant cutting edge areas will be promoted along with encouraging bilingual and multilingual teachings in schools. He also said that the curriculum under NEP 2020 will be made flexible to encourage multiple entry and exit. The governor also requested the President and Prime Minister to set up two central government institutions namely Multidisciplinary Education and Research University (MERU) and an Indian Institute of Translation and Interpretation (IITI) in Assam,” read a statement issued from the governor’s office.
Advisor to the state education department, Prof. Mihir Kanti Choudhury, commissioner and secretary (state higher education department), Preetom Saikia, commissioner and secretary to the governor, SS Meenakshi Sundaram, vice-chancellor of Gauhati University, Prof. PJ Handique and additional secretary to the governor, Swapna Dutta Deka were also present in the virtual meeting.