“The portal SWAYAM offers 2,000 courses and like ATM, this is ATL ‘Anytime Learning’ for everyone for free”, said Uninon Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar.
The minister described about various initiatives taken by the Central Government to improve the Indian education ecosystem in his address during convocation at D Y Patil University in Navi Mumbai on Sunday.
Describing about the importance of education for current Government, Javadekar said, “The government expenditure on education has gone up from 3.8 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014 to 4.6 per cent during the NDA rule.”
“It is our priority that 6 per cent of GDP should be allotted to education…While total expenditure by central and state governments on education was 3.8 per cent of GDP in 2014, it has increased to 4.6 per cent now. This indicates that we are progressing towards 6 per cent,” he said.
He also outlined the initiatives taken by the government to expand educational infrastructure in the country adding, “Educational infrastructure too is being expanded and reformed.”
“We are making continuous efforts to improve educational facilities….Seven new IITs, seven new IIMs, two new NITs (National Institutes of Technology), three central universities and around 125 Kendriya Vidyalayas have been started,” Javadekar said.
The Union minister also said that the NDA government took a “historic decision of introducing graded autonomy, while ensuring quality education”.
Speaking on how a “new India is emerging” under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he told graduating students of the university, “We need to take a decision to live for society, this is necessary for a new India which is free of corruption, uncleanliness, terrorism, poverty, communalism and casteism.”