Webinar on “Equity and Inclusion” on the occasion of completion of One Year of NEP-2020
The School of Law and Governance, Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) organised a webinar on 30th July 2021 on the theme “Equity and Inclusion” on the occasion of completion of One Year of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The program was attended by various academicians, research scholars, students, professionals, etc. The key speaker of the webinar was Dr. Pradeep Ramavath J, Associate Professor, Centre for livelihoods and social Entrepreneurship, School of Social Work, Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Guwahati. The speaker started his talk with the historical perspective of the theme by mentioning about the struggle of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. He highlighted the issue of pandemic as a catalyst factor for drop out of students from marginalized communities. It should not only be seen as a medical challenge but the educational challenges as well. He praised the NEP for making a serious attempt to address the issue. He concluded his talk with recommendations such as differential strategy to address the needs of marginalized classes.
At the onset of the webinar Dr. Kumari Neetu, Asst. Prof., Law explained about the purpose of organizing the webinar and explained the topic in which she highlighted that whenever there is a discussion of equality, inclusion will remain as a synonym with it. The Nodal Faculty member of this programme was Prof. Pawan Kumar Mishra, Head and Dean of School of Law and Governance. Dr. P.K. Das, Associate Professor, SLG delivered the introductory note. He rightly pointed out that the country is grappling with the challenge of providing quality education to the under-privileged and NEP is an attempt in the right direction to address the issue.
Further, Prof. S.P. Srivastava co-related the importance of NEP not only with Law subjects but other subjects also. He also highlighted the International legal documents with respect to Right to education and focused on the issue of Availability, Affordability and Accessibility mentioned under the General Comment on Right to Education.
Dr. Anant Prakash Narayan, Assistant Professor, SLG was the Co-ordinator of the event. Dr. Kumari Nitu moderated the session and said that as a disciple of Law, we cannot imagine equity without inclusion and somehow it sounds like equity and inclusion are synonyms of each other. However, to ensure equity inclusion is a mandatory requirement. Equity and inclusion ensure Justice to all. The Constitution constructs a triangle of Equity, Justice and Inclusion. Whenever we use the term Inclusion it focuses on the vulnerability of the marginalized class. The National Educational Policy also incorporates provision under the title: Equitable and inclusive education for every child in the country which focuses on targeted attention and support for students from under-represented groups, pupil-teacher ratio, inclusive school environments, financial support to individual students, Women’s participation and education of girls so forth and so on.