Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation over the ‘Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’. PM Modi highlighted the importance of the National Education Policy 2020 and the reforms it plans to introduce in the education sector. He also said with holistic approach was needed to improve education in India and the NEP will transform the education sector it into an engine of growth for India of the 21st Century.
PM Modi said that the NEP 2020 will act as an instrument of change that will lay a strong foundation on which the future of ‘Naya Bharat’ will be built. He also said, the new policy was envisioned as the tool that will spur Curiosity, Imagination and Values among the students in particular and the society in general.
PM said the NEP has been designed after a very extensive and thorough exercise in which views and opinions from various stakeholders, right from schools in rural villages to academic think-tanks were invited and incorporated. New education policy will help curb the gap between education and research, he added.
The National Education Policy 2020 attempts to promote curiosity and imagination rather than a system that encourages a rat-race for engineering and medicine.
The NEP will help in building a comprehensive Education Policy that is not only focused on few options but promotes Critical Thinking & Innovative Ability among students, he added.
Over training teachers, PM Modi said NEP focuses on upskilling of teacher and teacher-training and when a teacher learns, a nation leads.
The PM Modi also said under the New Education Policy 2020, emphasis is being shifted from teaching ‘What to Think’ to ‘How to Think’, which will lead to development of the cognitive abilities and reasoning sense among the students. PM Modi also added that NEP’s focus on development of cognitive learning will promote innovative and critical thinking among students.
He also said re-skill and up-skill among the students, will play pivotal role in the new era of knowledge economy. PM Modi also highlighted the importance of multidisciplinary approach in higher education.
PM also said “doing away with rigid stream-based structure at higher secondary level and provision of Multiple Entry and Exit Options to the students along with creation of a Carry Forward Credit Bank, will help students to follow their passion without having to worry about their future.”
The conclave saw Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State for HRD Sanjay Shamro Dhotre.