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UGC announces new initiative ‘SAARTHI’ to create awareness about NEP



The University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced a new initiative SAARTHI (Student Ambassador for Academic Reforms in Transforming Higher Education in India). This program aims to strengthen greater student engagement and raise awareness about the numerous reforms being implemented in higher education as part of the National Education Policy (NEP). The objective is to empower students and involve them in the transformative journey of enhancing the quality and effectiveness of higher education in India.

The UGC will request all vice chancellors, directors and principals of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to nominate three students from their institutions to be considered as NEP SAARTHIs along with a brief write-up justifying the nomination.

The UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said, “The nominated students are expected to have an outstanding personality, possess excellent communication skills, organisational capabilities for conducting outreach programmes, creativity, sense of responsibility along with being a team leader.”

The UGC is aiming to select as many as 300 such NEP SAARTHIs, who will have to organise awareness drives regarding the latest NEP initiatives, connect with student groups, establish dialogue among students, faculty members, administrators, and more. The nominations are open till June.