Srinagar, Apr 14: Vice Chancellor of Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K), Prof
Nazir Ahmed Ganai has presented the working model of iimplementing national education policy -2020 (NEP) in agricultural universities at a con-
ference at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research,New Delhi.
The conference was attended by vice chancellors of more than 70 state agriculture uni versities (SAUs) together with Director General, Deputy
Director General, Asst Director Generals of ICAR and Directors/Joint Directors of various ICAR-Institutes.
While many universitie are still struggling to understand the National Education Policy, SKUAST-Kashmir has already prepared the frame-
work to implement NEP-2020.
SKUAST-K has found itself ahead of the curve because of the learning it already had
through the implementation of the Institutional Development Plan under the World
Bank-ICAR funded National Higher Education Project (NAHEP).
In the conference, Prof Ganai presented the main
highlights of the working model prepared by SKUAST K including empowering
students with skills, mainstreaming skill education
with the university curriculum and providing flexibility to students to decide their own
The concepts like UG degree by design, and
Postgraduate degree in sand wich mode Next Generation Student Transcript (NGST©)
have been introduced forthe first time and a complete protocol for entry and exit at
different levels have been provided in the working model.
SKUAST-K’s working model allows UG students
to select from a wide array of courses that include skill courses, higher-order skills, language, liberal arts, leadership, innovation and entrepre-
Sandwich Postgraduate and Doctoral degree model calls for spending some part of degree course
(6 months in Masters and 1 year for Doctoral students) in universities and research
institutions across the nation and abroad. Other features of the working model include
the foundation programme at the beginning of the degree, industrial externships, deep
rural exploration, innovation and ideation workshops during the degree and alumniengagement for institutional development.