Topic: GS3 – Indian education system
- Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, led by BJP MP Vivek Thakur, advises the Centre to hold discussions with stakeholders regarding the National Education Policy (NEP).
More information about the news:
- The committee’s report, titled “Implementation of the National Education Policy, 2020 in higher education,” highlights potential issues with the multi-entry and multi-exit (MEME) system proposed in the NEP.
- Indian institutions may face challenges in implementing MEME due to the country’s high student population.
- While MEME is seen as a flexible system in Western educational institutions, it may not be as effective in India.
Why MEME may not be feasible in India:
- High Student Population: India has a massive student population, making it challenging to implement MEME due to the sheer volume of students entering higher education. This can strain resources and infrastructure.
- Resource Constraints: Many Indian educational institutions already face resource limitations, including shortages of faculty, inadequate infrastructure, and limited funding. MEME would demand additional resources to function effectively.
- Quality Assurance: Maintaining consistent education quality at each exit point is crucial. MEME could raise concerns about ensuring the same educational standards throughout the learning journey.
- Employability: The competitive job market in India often requires specific qualifications. MEME may lead to questions about the employability of students who exit before completing traditional degree programs.
- Infrastructure Challenges: MEME necessitates significant changes in curriculum, assessments, and administrative processes, which many institutions may not be ready for.
- Standardization: Achieving uniformity and comparability of qualifications under MEME across diverse institutions and states can be complex.
Mains question: What are the key feasibility challenges associated with implementing the ‘Multiple Entry and Multiple Exit’ (MEME) system in India’s higher education, and how can these challenges be addressed effectively?