The new National Education Policy (NEP) focuses on passion, practicality and achievement and is an important step on the way from a “one size fits all” approach, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
At the Governors’ Conference on Education, Modi said the NEP was accepted nationwide as it was introduced after extensive discussion and consultation with people across the country.
“Government interference in education policy should be kept to a minimum. The more teachers, parents and students involved, the more relevant it becomes, ”said the Prime Minister.
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This is not the NEP of a government, but the education policy of the people, he added.
Regarding the emphasis on vocational education in the new policy, the Prime Minister for Atmanirbhar Bharat said developing youth skills is key.
“The NEP focuses more on learning than on learning. It focuses more on practicality, passion, and performance. In some ways this is an important step in removing the uniform approach to our education system, ”he said.
Our children were stuck under social pressure and the weights of school bags for a long time. These issues have been dealt with in the NEP, said the Prime Minister.
He said efforts are being made to get all aspects of higher education out of the silos, keeping administrative levels to a minimum and achieving better coordination. The regulation of higher education will be further tightened. That is the idea between graduated autonomy that universities that perform better are rewarded.
“The Prime Minister said that good ideas, no matter where they come from, should be accepted. NEP is an important step in making India a knowledge-based economy. To combat brain drain, we have allowed the best global universities to come to India. We need to promote technological solutions in our colleges and universities, ”he said.
When there is such sweeping change, it is natural for people to have doubts. He said the main questions raised are about the implementation of education policies and whether we have the resources to make those changes.
He went on to say that efforts were being made and a dialogue was ongoing to answer all of these questions, including from the Union’s Ministry of Education. Feedback is important, he said, adding that everyone needs to work together on these issues.
“This policy is not just from the government. This is the country’s policy. How foreign and defense policy are for the country. Likewise, education policy is for the country, not who is in power, ”said the Prime Minister.
He suggested that the policy implementation should be reasonably flexible.
“No more than virtual conferences should take place before September 25th. The effort is to keep our understanding of NEP improving, ”he said.
The NEP is “Amrit”, which came about after a lot of manthan (reflection), said Modi. “People all over the world believe that the NEP is their own policy. After the country has decided what the NEP should be, it goes one step ahead and discusses its implementation, ”he added.