In 2019-20, more than 2,20,000 students opted for higher education in the United States and the United Kingdom, coming second only to China. The motives being superior teaching, better avenues for jobs, and finer remuneration. Labour economists have gone on record to say that Bharat has been missing out on diligent, episodic and sophisticated workforce; the sole reason being the migration of novices to the country’s western counterparts.
With National Education Policy 2020, the very foundation of higher education will go through an astonishing makeover based on assiduous and over-the-top models of Ivy league institutes. Students across the globe shall be lured by the stature of the up-and-coming varieties. Indian Institute of Technology and Delhi University have already drafted their plan of action to open up campuses in Dubai, Singapore and Mauritius in the initial phase, while insiders say proposals to branch out in the western countries are also on the table. IIT, JNU and DU were some of the few Indian universities to feature on the QS World University Rankings of 2021, solidifying its presence throughout the educational sphere.
“Denarians and Vicenarians, doom-scrolling through social media have been keeping a loose track on all these occurrences and will steer their aspirations accordingly”, says Seema Narain, an international relations professor at DU. She thinks the NEP-2020 will give a much-needed boost to the Bharatiya education system that was slowly falling out all over the place. “DU has always been one of the most sought-after universities in Bharat because of its specifically tailored courses for beaming students. Almost all of the glimmering Bharatiya personalities, from pop culture to politics to academics are alumnus of this regal varsity. And, as the foreign campuses are concerned, expatriates of this country would be euphoric about that,” said the professor who did her master’s in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sumit Arora, a professor who also serves as a nodal officer in one of DU’s affiliated colleges says that the NEP-2020 is one of the best things that this ruling dispensation has carried out. “From now onwards, Bharatiya universities will be at par with all its western parallels.”
Students of IIT who are in the terminal year of their collegiate courses are equally enthusiastic. “Being an ex-student of a university with such a stature will certainly boost my morale” says Nishank Chauhan, a final year master’s student in Chemistry. Anjali Saenger, a resident of Pune and in the final year of her four-year degree says that she has no plans to leave the country but to work for the accreditation and education of kids in remote areas who will highly benefit from the new education policy.
It can be said that the NEP-2020 has already begun to spin some positive changes in the intellect of the masses. But it must be assured that the mileage is at its peak and must never be helmed by black sheep and unscrupulous entities because this is an outlay for the future for the upcoming of a new generation that will operate on only one proposition; “time is money”.