Webinar on NEP 2020 and Multidisciplinary, Holistic Education
To mark the completion of one-year of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) organized a webinar on the theme “NEP 2020 and Multidisciplinary, Holistic Education”. The webinar was conducted under the guidance of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. Kameshwar Nath Singh on 2nd August, 2021. The PRO informed that the Key Note Address was delivered by Dr. Manisha Priyam, Professor of Educational Policy Reforms at NIEPA, New Delhi who argued that multidisciplinary education has a rich heritage both within the country and abroad. She did lament that universities in India still function within disciplinary silos and need to blast open the boundaries. She cited the example of global institutions like LSE in the UK and the newly upcoming universities in the country that try to blend liberal arts and engineering education. Prof Priyam, also argued that the need of the hour is to find out ways in which public universities in the country take the lead in this novel mission of the NEP 2020.
The event was attended by over 100 faculty members and students from within the institution and beyond. Shri Aditya Mohanty, Assistant Professor of Development Studies and the Coordinator of the Event argued that multidisciplinary approach is crucial in these times to improve India’s contribution in the Global Research Output, which stands at a dismal 3 per cent! Finally, the event came to an end with the Dean, School of Social Sciences and Policy, Prof Krishnan Chalil, who in his concluding remarks argued that multidisciplinary approach required changes in the very curriculum design of existing mainstream courses.