New Delhi:7/8/20:Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the Higher Education Conclave. Modi today said New Education Policy ( NEP) is a game-changer to empower students. Addressing inaugural NEP conclave, Mr. Modi said education overhaul was the need of the hour. He added the new education policy will lay the foundation for new India. Mr. Modi said the conclave will give more information on NEP which will further help in its better implementation. Prime Minister emphasised on holistic implementation of NEP and said that country’s education system must meet global standards. The Prime Minister appealed to the students and youths to strive for global citizenship but must not forget roots.
Quoting former President A P J Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister said the purpose of education is to make good human beings. Calling for faster reforms for a better India, Mr. Modi said students should work towards curiosity and commitment drove life. He said NEP stresses on teachers’ learning and teachers make enlightened students. Prime Minister welcomed questions and doubts on NEP. He said students will now have the freedom to switch courses and higher education is now free of specific streams. Saying inquiry, analysis, discussion-based learning will strengthen the education system, Prime Minister highlighted how the NEP was framed after long thinking.
PM mentioned that the National Education Policy was approved after extensive deliberations over 3-4 years and brainstorming over lakhs of suggestions. He noted that healthy debate and discussions are taking place on National Education policy across the country.
National Education Policy aims at making the youth Future Ready while focussing on the National Values and National Goals.
Shri Narendra Modi said that the policy lays the foundation of the New India, the 21st Century India, the education and skills needed for the youth to strengthen India, to advance it to new heights of development and to further empower the citizens of India to make them suitable for maximum opportunities.
The Prime Minister said that for years our education system remained unchanged leading to lopsided priorities where people were focussing on either becoming a doctor, an engineer, or a lawyer. He said there was no mapping of the Interest, Ability, and Demand.
The Prime Minister questioned how could critical thinking and innovative thinking develop in the youth unless there is Passion in our education, Philosophy of Education, Purpose of Education.