Union Minister of State (independent office) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reorient India’s education policy in line to world references.
Addressing the PHDCCI Education Summit, 2022, Dr Jitendra Singh said: The NEP is the biggest ground-breaking reform in India since independence as the new policy is not only progressive and visionary but is also consistent to the emerging needs and demands of India in the 21st century. . He said it prioritizes the inherent talent, knowledge, skills and abilities of students, rather than just focusing on degrees. He added that it also gives young scholars and students enough leeway to decide on their options based on their abilities and personal circumstances from time to time.
Dwelling on the merits of NEP-2020, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that providing multiple entry/exit option is something to cherish as this academic flexibility will have a positive impact on students related to the use of different career opportunities at different times. , based on their intrinsic learning and inherent abilities. The minister also said that the feasibility or desirability of this entry/exit option may also be considered in the future for teachers, providing them with career flexibility and upgrading opportunities, as is done in some Western countries and the United States. The minister said the policy advocates a creative and multidisciplinary curriculum that includes humanities, languages, culture, sport and fitness, health and wellness, arts and crafts, in addition to science and mathematics. It reflects the true essence of Swami Vivekananda’s Man-Creation Education, Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Education and Mahatma Gandhi’s Basic Education.
Dr Jitendra Singh said today about 40 million Indians are in higher education, more than the figure for the United States and European Union combined and the ambitious new education policy aims to double that number. He said it’s a big goal, but it’s definitely achievable.
Dr Jitendra Singh also pointed out that the Modi government had also corrected past anomalies and explained that the biggest discrepancy in previous education policy was nomenclature, the Ministry of Human Resource Development was a misnomer in itself was supposed distort other meanings. He added that the central government has now changed the name of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to Union Ministry of Education.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that one of the most laudable opportunities that arise from the National Education Policy (NEP) is the ability for universities and colleges to integrate entrepreneurship into their curriculum. If done in a meaningful way, it has the potential to boost the national economy in a fairly short period of time, he added.
The Minister also pointed out that India has created a massive leap in its Global Innovation Index (GII) global ranking from 81st in 2015 to 46th in 2021 among 130 economies globally. India ranks 2nd out of 34 lower-middle-income economies and 1st out of 10 Central and South Asian economies in terms of GII. The steady improvement in the GII ranking is due to the immense capital of knowledge, the dynamism of the start-up ecosystem and some outstanding work carried out by public and private research organizations, the minister said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that India has been focusing a lot on acquiring, developing and expanding the latest technologies, which can well be understood by the growing use of drones, big data analytics , artificial intelligence, blockchain and other innovative technologies across all industries. He pointed out that the new India is keen to make the most of potential-rich fields like science and where scientific institutions are now seen as modern temples.
The Minister concluded by saying that the NEP was launched to transform the Indian education system through a multidisciplinary approach. As the National Education Policy ends two years on July 29, 2022, following its rollout, 2,774 innovative councils at institutions of higher learning (HEIs) in 28 states and six union territories (UT) were created, according to an internal progress report from the Ministry of Education. According to the report, 2,000 higher education institutions are expected to start as skills hubs and of these, 700 have registered on the common portal of the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship.
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