New Delhi: Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister, asked the Higher Education Council on Thursday to develop a curriculum framework by the end of July for introducing multidisciplinary curriculum in engineering colleges. This includes the option of learning science-based disciplines. Narayan, who oversees higher education, said in a statement that he has ordered authorities to introduce multidisciplinary courses in accordance with the National Educational Policy (NEP) beginning this academic year.
Over 110 of the state’s 220 engineering institutions have adequate infrastructure, and multidisciplinary learning might be implemented in these colleges by offering alternatives to learn topics like Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Applied Maths, and so on.
What is Multidisciplinary Learning?
Multidisciplinary learning is becoming more prevalent in a variety of settings, including schools, universities, and business training and project management programs. For example, the Open University (a UK-based online educational institution) offers a multidisciplinary learning online programme. A larger and deeper level of critical thinking, self-management, and flexibility emerges because of this process. As a result, teams and organisations are better able to synthesise a wide range of ideas to foster creativity, new thinking, and problem resolution. This is especially true for emerging information technology and artificial intelligence applications.
About NEP 2020
With a 5+3+3+4 design, NEP provides a new Curricular and Pedagogical Structure. Pre-Primary and Grades 1-2 are considered foundational stages; Grades 3-5 are considered preparatory stages; Grades 6-8 are considered middle stages; and Grades 9-12 are considered secondary stages to encourage holistic development and 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, scientific temper, communication, collaboration, multilingualism, problem solving-ethics, and social racial awareness. After identifying the learning crises in language and mathematics throughout the primary school years and its effects on attendance, retention, and subsequent learning, the new policy also prioritizes ensuring foundational literacy and numeracy. According to the policy, about five crore students in primary school do not have basic literacy and numeracy skills. According to NEP, each subject’s curriculum load should be reduced to its necessary core information. This would open opportunities for holistic, discussion-based, and analysis-based learning.