Centre release guidelines for Unlock 3.0

India is now gearing up for further relaxation from lockdown after Ministry of Home Affairs issued norms for new phase of unlock as more activities are now allowed outside containment zones.

Highlights of Unlock 3.0

  • To be implemented from August 1, 2020 based on feedback from States/UT
  • Restriction on night movement removed
  • Yoga institutes to open from August 5th
  • Gyms to open from August 5th
  • Independence Day functions allowed
  • Schools, Colleges, Coaching Centres closed till August 31
  • Limited international air travel allowed
  • Lockdown in containment zone till August 31
  • Only essential activities in  containment zone allowed
  • No restriction on inter and intra-state movement
  • People above 65 years & below 10 years advised to stay home

What’s not allowed in Unlock 3.0

  • Metro Rail
  • Cinema Halls
  • Swimming Pools
  • Entertainment Parks
  • Theatres
  • Bars
  • Auditoriums
  • Assembly halls
  • Large Congregations (social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural)

Ministry of Human Resources renamed to Ministry of Education

In a bid to transform Indian education sector, Union Cabinet today approved National Education Policy 2020.

The centre has touted this as ‘the first education policy of the 21st century’ and aims to replace National Policy on Education formulated in 1986. Through this policy, Centre aims to increase public investment in Education sector to 6% of GDP.

Highlights of the National Education Policy 2020

School Education

  • Universal access to school education at all levels
  • Bring back dropouts into the mainstream
  • 10+2 curriculum structure to be replaced by 5+3+3+4 structure
  • Students will take examinations in grades 3, 5, and 8
  • Board exams for grades 10 and 12 to continue
  • 12 years of schooling with 3 years of anganwadi/ pre schooling
  • Enhance essential learning and critical thinking
  • No rigid separations between arts and sciences
  • Regional language to be medium of instruction till grade 5
  • No language will be imposed on any student
  • Indian sign language to be standardized across india
  • Gender Inclusion Fund to be set up

Higher Education

  • Aim to achieve 100% youth and adult literacy
  • Increase Gross Enrolment Ratio to 50 % by 2035
  • 3.5 Crore seats to be added to Higher education institutions
  • Undergraduate education with flexible curricula
  • UG education can be of 3 or 4 years with multiple exit options
  • Single regulatory body for entire higher education (excluding medical and legal)

Promotion of Indian languages

  • Indian Institute of Translation and Interpretation to be set up
  • National Institute for Pali, Persian and Prakrit to be set up

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