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NEP to develop youth who are skilled and confident, says PM

National Education Policy (NEP) aimed to develop children’s skills in accordance with their interests and talents, said PM Modi on Thursday.

The Prime Minister stated that the educational system should not only prepare degree-holding youth, but also ensure that all the human resources necessary for the country’s progress were available after opening a three-day Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam on implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) in Varanasi, which is being attended by over 300 academic, administrative, and institutional leaders.

“Our kids should be skillful, confident, practical, and calculative, and education policy is laying the foundation for this,” he said, adding that it was important for institutions to focus on the needs of the talented young generation in the future.He said the youth was taking initiatives in areas like the space technology, new opportunities were opening up for girls and women. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was today one of the fastest growing economies in the world and it was the third largest start-up ecosystem in the world.

The British-created educational system was never a part of the Indian ethos, Mr. Modi said, adding that the new policy, which was introduced after a 30-year hiatus, would be essential in realising a myriad of opportunities. “The basic premise of the NEP is to take education out of narrow thinking and connect it with the modern ideas of the 21st century,” he said.

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The Prime Minister stated that a new system with contemporary procedures must adopt the multi-sectoral educational spirit of India. He called for a “lab-to-land” mindset, emphasised the value of research, and requested the universities to place a high weight on fieldwork and practical experience.

Mr. Modi said in the field of alternative medicines including Ayurveda, there was a need for evidence-based research. Subjects like the best possible use of the country’s demographic dividend, finding solutions to the challenges of ageing societies, cleanliness through waste recycling and climate change also provided a wide range of research opportunities.

The Prime Minister said although the NEP was implemented about two years ago, his government had been working diligently for its proper implementation. He personally attended many seminars and events to talk on the issue.

Additionally, the government had been concentrating on a significant renovation of the educational infrastructure. Despite the establishment of numerous new colleges, universities, IITs, and IIMs, the number of medical colleges rose by 55 percent after 2014. For universities, the Common Entrance Test (CET) had already been established. Numerous Indian colleges were gradually rising in the world rankings.

The NEP had made it possible to continue your education in your home tongue. He added that older Indian languages like Sanskrit were also being preserved.

Mr. Modi expressed optimism that India could become a significant hub for global education and noted that the government has released recommendations to bring Indian higher education up to level with international norms. 180 universities have set up special offices to handle their overseas business. He urged the attendees to arrange similar gatherings in the universities and submit suggestions for improving the system.

Anandiben Patel, the governor of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and Dharmendra Pradhan, the minister of education for the federal government, were all in attendance.

The Prime Minister visited a government school and spoke with numerous kids in Varanasi earlier in the day.

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