Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan (File photo)
Dharmendra Pradhan emphasized that the National Education Policy, 2020 will play an important role in meeting the aspirations and future requirements of the youth of the country and making India a global knowledge hub.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held talks with his Australian counterpart Alan Tuj on Tuesday and raised the issue related to the return of Indian students studying there. A senior education ministry official said that during the digital meeting, the Australian minister briefed them about the steps being taken by the government there to facilitate the return of Indian students to Australia.
He said the ministers discussed ways to strengthen the growing partnership between the two countries in higher education, with emphasis on student mobility, faculty exchange and research from both sides. Pradhan emphasized that the National Education Policy, 2020 will play an important role in meeting the aspirations and future needs of the youth of the country and making India a global knowledge hub.
What is the importance of National Education Policy
In July last year, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the National Education Policy 2020, paving the way for massive transformational reforms in both the school and higher education sectors. This is the first education policy of the 21st century and it replaces the 34 year old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986. Built on the pillars of easy access, equity, quality, affordability and accountability for all, this new education policy is in line with Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and aims to make school and college education more holistic, resilient to the needs of the 21st century. To transform India into a vibrant knowledge society and a global superpower of knowledge and to bring out the unique abilities inherent in every student.
Equal access to all levels of school education
NEP 2020 emphasizes on ensuring equitable access to all levels of school education from pre-school to secondary level. The school infrastructure is to be developed and new education centers to be established to bring the out-of-school children back into the mainstream. The new education policy includes tracking of students and their learning levels, providing multi-level facilities for children’s education including formal and non-formal education, engaging counselors or trained social workers with the school, classes 3, 5 and 8. Some of the proposed measures are open learning through NIOS and state open schools, secondary education programs for class 10 and 12 equivalent, vocational curriculum, adult literacy and life-enhancing programmes. Under NEP 2020, about 2 crore children living out of school will be brought back into the mainstream.
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