Chocko Valliappa’s article

NEP 2020 scores high on intent, but will the implementation match?

By Chocko Valliappa

It’s refreshing to see India get future-ready with a long-needed change in education policy. The National Education Policy (NEP) is welcome on many counts. On the intent side, it gets high scores. Here are the hits and misses.

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NEP 2020: The devil is in the implementation detail

ny policy reform, especially after 34 years, is always welcome, more so when the world is changing so fast. The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) is a step in the right direction. On the intent side it gets high scores. The vision is to extend the reach of education and double the gross enrolment ratio (GER) from current 26 per cent to 50 per cent in 15 years. An increased education budget of six per cent will be great for furthering education. Extending the Right to Education and making education free till the 12th grade will increase access through affordability.

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Can we find the right balance in our labour laws?

The Covid crisis, which has thrown the spotlight on migrant workers, could be the opportunity to formalise our workforce

Just over 100 years ago, my great-grandfather, Kalaithanthai Karumuttu Thiagarajan Chettiar, fought vociferously for the plight of the Tamil immigrants in Ceylon under the clutches of the Kanganies (supervisors of labour). He was inspired by Gandhiji’s fight for the rights of mining workers in South Africa. These workers were taken away from Tamil Nadu by Kanganies and placed to work in tea estates in Ceylon for 30-45 cents per day. They would be given loans to survive which they could not repay and consequently became bonded labour.

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