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Demystifying New Education Policy and it's Impact on Higher Education - Rendezvous with Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh

Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh


MDI Gurgaon


Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh is engaged for more than three decades in academics in the field of post-graduate teaching in management, training, research, consulting and academic administration. He has unique blend of experience having served in academics in all types of institutions – state university (Ujjain and Kanpur), central university (IGNOU, New Delhi), national institute (NITIE, Mumbai), and Indian institute (IIM Indore). He operates in the field of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management, Indian Ethos, and Managerial Values and Skills. Before career in academics, he worked with Bank of India as Industrial Relations Officer.

Dr. Singh is Ph.D. in Management from Vikram University Ujjain, Post-Graduate in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Xavier Institute of Social Service Ranchi, and M.A. in Economics from Ranchi University. He graduated with Economics as major with Mathematics and English literature. He qualified NET of UGC in 1984, the very year in which JRF was introduced by UGC. He has attended summer school certificate programme in research methodology at London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Singh has published numerous research papers, two books, one booklet in the field of managing people. He has guided research at Ph.D. level. He has presented about 75 research papers in national and international seminars in India and abroad. He is on editorial board of reputed journals. He has written post-graduate level course material in management suitable for distance education mode, and has prepared audio on interviewing skills. For faculty development he has conducted various sessions and has prepared video material sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Dr. Singh has trained more than 15,000 executive participants from almost all walks of professional activities across all levels of hierarchy. He has provided consultancy to various organisations of public as well as private sector. He has been invited speaker on more than 100 occasion including those organized by reputed academic institutions, CII, PHDCC, ISTD, LIC Roundtable, various Management Associations, Rotary Club, Lions’ Club and various professional bodies. His discussions have been broadcasted on national channels on television.

Dr. Singh has been member of various academic and government bodies. Among various responsibilities in the field of academic administration, he has also worked as Director-in-charge of IIM Indore and Chairperson of Academic Committee of IIM Sambalpur. As Nodal Officer of IIM Sambalpur he played sheet anchor role in mentoring the institute.

Dr. Singh enjoys certain hobbies. He enjoys travelling. In cricket playing he has represented teams as all-rounder up to Railway’s divisional level team, Bank of India’s zonal level team, and team of IIM Indore in CII tournament. He enjoys music, astronomy, poetry and quotations. His one of the favourite quotes is: ‘We are always preparing to live but never living’.

Questionnaire on NEP 2020 

Q1) What are your Initial Observations of the new Policy and what according to you are the hits and the misses of the Policy.

Q2) Policy focuses on making higher education multidisciplinary. But isn't having specialization good from Students and Employers perspective. As businesses we do require multitaskers but the need for specialists is ever growing.

Q3) Why is India Lagging behind in research and innovation. How do you see that improving with the new policy changes? 

Q4) What role should a regulator play for Higher Education Institutes? 

Q5) Policy focuses on giving more autonomy to the faculties and institutions. How will the recommendations be different from what is happening right now in institutes and specially the private B-Schools in

Q6) Policy speaks about Inviting foreign universities into India. Would this create more opportunity and options for Indian Students. Would this also create more stiff competition for Indian Universities.

Q7) Policy aims for Gross enrollment ratio to reach 50%. Is there also any downside to this.
We have already seen several reports where it suggests that over 80% of engineers are unemployable.
With this new policy we are for sure aiming to improve the GER to 50% but do you also see some signs of improving the employment ratio with the changes suggested.

Q8) What are the challenges you foresee in implementing the policy changes in regard to Indian ecosystem?