National educational policy a revolutionary reform: Prakash Javadekar
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MUMBAI: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday described the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 as a revolutionary reform of the 21st century.

He was also confident that India’s gross enrollment rate (GER) will double over the next 10 years from its current 25 percent.

“NEP 2020 will empower the youth who will advance the nation in the 21st century.

“The policy is designed so that students and teachers can make the learning experience in class enjoyable,” said the Minister of Information and Broadcasting as he made the keynote speech here via video on the 100th anniversary of the Parle Tilak Vidyalay Association Teachers’ Day celebrations .

The GER is a statistical measure used in the education sector to determine the number of students enrolled in different grades. It is used to show the ratio of the number of students living in a given country to those who will qualify for that grade level.

Javadekar said that students across the country have become ambitious as economic growth has pushed parents seriousness to provide good education to their communities.

“Greater geographic spread of higher education institutions, especially in rural areas, and increased demand would be the key factors that will improve GER in India,” said Javadekar.

He said the NEP places an emphasis on fundamental and numerical knowledge and that institutes like the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) would provide access to education for all.

Javadekar added that (aspects such as) early childhood education; research-based education; Teacher training; Basic and numerical skills etc. were highlighted (in the NEP 2020).

The NEP, approved by the Union’s cabinet in July this year, outlines the vision of the new Indian education system.

The Minister also underlined the importance of early childhood education as a key feature of the NEP.

He said the 3-8 age group is to build cognitive skills, curiosity, and mental abilities.

He added that education with an understanding of the subject is more important than memorization.

While activity-based learning is paramount at a young age, the education provided in grades 9-12 would focus on “detailed, relevant, and new knowledge” that will lead to scientific temperament in children, Javadekar said.

He also said that research and innovation are vital “so that our education can shape globally competitive citizens”.

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