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September 17, 2020 Thursday 11:32:55 AM IST

The NEP to make India a 'knowledge power'- Education Minister

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Ministry of Education organised a National Webinar on Creating Awareness about National Education Policy, 2020 through NSS, NCC, NYKS and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) Volunteers under Shikshak Parv Initiative. Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh was the chief guest of the webinar. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (Independent Charge) Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Education, Shri Sanjay Dhotre were present on the occasion.

Addressing the participants Raksha Mantri said that New Education Policy is the first policy in Indian history, in which a multi-pronged and multi-stakeholder consultative process was undertaken which included online, grassroots and national level deliberations. At the grassroots level, consultations spanned across Gram Panchayats, Blocks, Urban Local Bodies, Districts and States/Union Territories. He added that NEP is prepared keeping in mind more than 2 lakh suggestions given by teachers, academicians, parents and other stakeholders relating to education.  This policy suggests many revolutionary changes in school and higher education leading to the holistic development of students. The National Education Policy will fulfill the vision of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, to create a 'self-reliant India', he said.

Raksha Mantri informed that this policy also has a provision to encourage state governments to start NCC wing in their middle and high schools. He further informed that in higher education, the Multiple Entry and Exit scheme will benefit those youth, who have to leave the education midway. This step will prove to be of great benefit to the soldiers of our armed forces who are interested in studying, besides serving the country. He further informed that to increase the resource pool, local eminent persons or experts in the school will be encouraged to be kept as 'special trainers'. In this, retired teachers and officers of the army will be able to contribute to the nation building by providing services in nearby schools.

Pokhriyal highlighted that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has a superpower of self-motivated youth of India associated with various youth programs. Youth, as an NEP ambassador can contribute significantly in creating awareness of the National Education Policy 2020 at grassroots level. He expressed his happiness for the webinar organized under the joint aegis of Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the successful implementation of education policy. He hoped that volunteers from NYKS, NSS, NCC and coordinators of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan will play crucial role in the successful implementation of this education policy designed in accordance with the aspirations of young India.

Pokhriyal said that National Education Policy 2020 calls for a positive change in the current education system and redress of challenges of the future. NEP ensures equal access to quality education to all students with special emphasis on socially and economically disadvantaged sections, he added. 

The National Education Policy 2020 is the culmination of positive thinking and sustained efforts for making India a 'knowledge power',  Pokhriyal said.  NEP is not merely a policy document, but a reflection of the aspirations of the people of India.  This policy is comprehensive and far-sighted and will play a great role in facilitating the progress of the nation in future, he added.

Raksha Mantri quoted a famous saying that if you want to improve generations, then you should invest in education. He further said India is one of the youngest countries in the world and youth are our strength in achieving bigger milestones in nation development. He hoped that this event will prove to be an important link in bringing awareness among the youths of the country to contemporary issues. He said that with the support of youths, the entire education system will be more efficient.

The event also witnessed the launch of a handbook ‘Web Resources for NSS, NCC, NYKS and UBA Volunteers for Dissemination of Information on New Education Policy 2020’.