NEP 2020 will make India knowledge powerhouse: Radheshyam
IMPHAL, 17th Aug: The new National Education Policy 2020 will transform India into a global knowledge powerhouse, but it will require extensive discussion, information dissemination and participation of all stakeholders for effective implementation.
This view was shared by education minister Dr Th Radheshyam during a webinar on the National Education Policy 2020 organised by Press Information Bureau and Regional Outreach Bureau, Imphal on Monday.
In his keynote address, Radheshyam, while quoting Albert Einstein’s “if we spend hours to understand a problem, it will take us only minutes to find a solution”, stressed the need to understand and discuss the comprehensive and transformational National Education Policy that was announced by the Central government recently.
The education minister said that the policy aims at providing the best possible education system that is rooted in the Indian ethos. He hailed it as a historic moment in the life of the nation.
Radheshyam pointed out that the new policy does away with the language barrier that was keeping large number of students away from schools. Data shows that only 20 percent of tribal students in the county reach high school due to this barrier. Students till class 5, and preferably till class 8, will be taught in their mother tongues under the new policy, helping increase in enrolment and decrease in dropout rates. State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) director Dr M Meenakumari summed up the salient features of the policy and gave an overview of the steps being taken to implement it.
Earlier, in his welcome address, additional director general (Guwahati and Imphal Region) of Regional Outreach Bureau S N Pradhan said that the Prime Minster has called for wider discussions through webinars and seminars to take the provisions of the policy to the people. He urged the media to give platform to such discussions so that the implementation process becomes smooth and fast.
PIB Imphal director Abhishek Dayal thanked the minister, participants and the media persons for actively participating in the webinar. The webinar was attended by over 50 people including media persons and officials of state government, PIB and RoB of Guwahati and Imphal region.