National Education Policy (NEP) a major factor for nation building: PM Modi

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“Teachers, principals and policymakers have worked hard for the grand exercise of the new National Education Policy (NEP) on the ground, ” said the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Thursday while addressing the nation on the first anniversary of NEP.

The prime minister said that what new heights “we will achieve in the future will depend on what kind of education we are giving to our youth at present. India’s new National Education Policy is one of the major factors in the ‘mahayagna’ (great exercise) of nation-building,” Modi said.

India supports the aspirations of the youths, he also added.

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The new NEP has replaced the 34 year old policy of 1986. Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan as well as some chief ministers also participated in the event.

Since the pandemic hit us adversely, there has been a prolonged school closure that has made implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) even more difficult. In fact, it is difficult to gauge the benefit students have had in this one year of NEP, said Sumeet Mehta, Co-founder & CEO, LEAD after the Prime Minister’s address to the nation.

“The National Education Policy 2020 spelt out education as being fundamental to human development and the high quality learning opportunities that the nation must provide to its young minds to prepare them for the future. The policy is a forward looking document and heralds the future where learning is fun, engaging and results in real world application,” he added.

As an EdTech in the K-12 segment, LEAD has empowered more than 2000 schools today to provide uninterrupted learning with interactive online learning and multi modal delivery of curriculum.

“At the onset of the second year of NEP and with schools gradually re-opening across the country, it’s time for all of us to shift gears from crisis-management mode towards future-building mode. I am optimistic that as opposed to previous attempts, equal effort will be taken for execution as what was put into designing and announcing the NEP guidelines,” Mehta added.

Prof. Milind Padalkar, Pro-Chancellor, The NorthCap University, said, “NEP 2020 has been a truly forward-looking policy that addresses the needs of a young nation with strong aspirations. It is heartening to note that it is being driven from the highest levels of the government in recognition of the strategic importance of education.”

“The new initiatives such as National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) and National Education Technology Forum (NETF) are absolutely vital to reform education by bringing in digital technology. This will provide the much-needed impetus to achieve scale and quality in education at a small marginal cost and make it affordable to the common man. As a University constantly engaged in finding ways to improve the quality and the reach of the education, we welcome these developments,” Padalkar added.

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