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Aug 17, 2020Liked by Abhijit Bhaduri

Dear Abhijit,

The world expects you to be an excellent communicator, and, in English. Also, young children pick up multiple languages very fast - it is us adults who find it difficult and then apply our experience in making policies.

I feel that in the primary level there should be an emphasis on teaching good communication - speaking (and listening), writing (and comprehension), the other myriad ways of getting your point across (playacting, presentations, extempore speeches, use of multimedia(sketchnotes!); perhaps at least in English, Hindi and the local language. Not only would this stand in good stead in the future, it will also get children interested in learning.

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Aug 14, 2020Liked by Abhijit Bhaduri

Dear Abhijit Sir,

The NEP 2020 seems a very well-conceived policy to me. But so were some in the past like the Jan-Dhan Scheme, demonetization, GST, and the lockdown owing to the pandemic. Their motives were to bring a change (considering the big picture), but the execution - laymen's, bankers', and migrant workers' plight said/says it all. This implies that before launching the NEP 2020, we rather need a good policy for quality execution of all the good ideas generated so far, as well as for the upcoming ones.

Thank you for the content! :)

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Dear Abhijit, I agree education is a social process. That is why increasingly there is a call for "Blended learning" a mix of Online and face to face teaching. Certain things for example engineering subjects or chemistry cannot be taught well online.

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Nagendra - thanks for your detailed comments. I am sure there will be others who will share their views. In my view, the colleges will see the star professors connect directly with students globally. Talent will no longer need to be mediated by an organization. The best people will connect directly with professors of their choice. ... I could go on but maybe that calls for a separate post. Thanks for your observations about NEP

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Dear Abhijit, to your query on what do you like and dislike in the New Education Policy by comment is as follows : There are several likes (very strong likes) about new educational policy too many to mention and I am citing the following not in any order of preference and this is not exhaustive and comprehensive 1) increasing the GDP spent on education 2) introduction of liberal arts approach 3) Academics credit Bank 4) Vocational education and Holistic education integrating academic, cocuricular, art & craft and so on. 5) giving importance to research 6) importance to indian languages and so on. However what I do not like is 1) reduced importance (it will automatically happen) to English 2) Implementation of ideals of Policy very difficult and also the preparatory (where do you get so many language teachers especially Sanskrit) 3) camouflaged sanskritization and hindutva (as opposed to secular and liberal view of history for example) 4) Possible bureaucratic diluting of the Policy ideals OR dilution by majority of States and so on.

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Dear Abhijit, to your query "HigherEd now means getting paid access to the College’s YouTube channel. Why doesn’t the pricing reflect it?" My comment is as follows. " Students pay for the quality of education, the job prospects the education brings, for the alumni network they get for life, for opportunities to get price discounted short term educational programs opportunities through out their professional careers. Students do not pay for infrastructure though that is a hygiene or a given. Currently the Brand of western educational institutions for all the above is high while not so with majority of Asian educational institutions. Hence the 20x premium they charge.

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5. Paying to individual contributors without the need of organisation as an intermediary. It may work only for very highly skilled professionals where the Customer look forward for 'a' particular professional or service who obviously will not be within the realm of all such customers who need or like to avail their services. So organisations as an intermediary cannot be done away with it. We have seen it in medical doctors who require hospital or a poly clinic as an intermediary and in case of legal professionals who require a law firm as an intermediary to interact with their prospective clients.

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If the work being done by the individual is unique, the person can reach the customers directly. The power of a personal brand that conveys trust and expertise is the foundation of this model

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