New Education Policy! J&K Plans Switching Board Test? Check Details Here NEP-2020: J&K Plans to Change Board Examination Session March
Srinagar: The J&K government plans to change its Board Examination Session to March to align with the national education calendar.
The move comes in the wake of the government’s decision to adopt the Department of Higher Education (HED) and the National Education Policy NEP-2020 from the current session of education, simultaneously.
In this regard, the high-level meeting was chaired by J&K General Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta to review and discuss the implementation of the National Education Policy NEP-2020 at J&K.
At the meeting it was also decided that a four-year graduation program under the UGC guidelines would be presented at J&K colleges from the current course.
“The Principal Secretary for School Education (SED) who was also present at the meeting was asked to come up with ways and means for the JK board exam session to be postponed to March from next year,” the official told Greater Kashmir.
“Obviously the changes made to the UG education session should be linked to the SED education calendar so that there is a complete alignment of the education session from school to University level,” he said.
The Secretary General of the Department of School Education (SED), Bishwajit Kumar Singh, also confirmed that the J&K Board of School Education (BOSE) examination session would be postponed to March.
“The department has been asked to conduct tests in March in both the Jammu and Kashmir districts. The tests will be held in February last month in the Jammu section and will be followed by tests for Kashmir students and in the Jammu winter areas,” Singh told Greater Kashmir.
“The tests will be done simultaneously in a row,” he said.
He said the SED would await further government directives to implement the decision. “The government will issue further instructions as to which session will start,” he said.
He said the department would continue to change the tests of 10th to 12th grade students and the lower class exams would be gradually changed, over time.
“First of all, the subjects of the 10th and 12th grade students will be transferred to March. The junior student exam calendar will also be aligned with the national education calendar over time, ”said Singh.
Without changing the session of SED to March, the government is already preparing to implement NEP-2020 in Higher Education by launching the Four Year Graduate Programs (FYUG) Graduate Colleges across J&K.
According to the Draft Curriculum and FYUGP Credit Program, FYUGP graduates are required to demonstrate a common understanding of natural science, social sciences, humanities, multidisciplinary studies, and vocational education for all semesters.
The FYUGP program mandates the selection and completion of credits in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Postgraduate Studies, and Vocational Education.
However, it has posed significant challenges for the J&K Government to implement FYUGP in colleges that do not offer admission to all streams.
“With this the government is discussing a number of issues. One of the ideas being discussed is to integrate where a college with all the resources of FYUGP will be able to meet the needs of other colleges that do not use these facilities, ”said Dean Academic Affairs (DAA) of the University who attended the conference.
“Discussions will continue with how to proceed with the implementation of the FYUGP and how the colleges will share resources,” he said.
He said the Dean Academic Affairs of other J&K Universities would jointly formulate a policy implementation plan without holding tests that are in line with the national education calendar.
“The department is also discussing the availability of e-learning facilities and the use of e-content available where the J&K General Secretary has agreed to compensate if students are charged for using e-content,” he said.
It is noteworthy that the government previously decided to use FYUGP in colleges in stages.
“But the government has decided to apply it to all colleges, stating that colleges and universities must offer two standardized tests if FYUGP is implemented in phases that will be problematic for institutions and students,” said the DAA. (GK)