Speaking on the occasion Pradhan said that NEP 2020 is a knowledge document of the 21st century. It aims to promote all-round development of an individual and to make education accessible to everyone. He said that India has become the epicenter of knowledge based economy and our contribution to the global economy is significant.
He said, “Our academic fraternity has a big role to play in ensuring a rightful place for India in the new world. Today we are at the crossroads of an emerging new global order. How well we harmonise with technology and automation, acquire new skills will define our readiness for the future of work as well as for a leadership role in the emerging new global order. There is a huge opportunity for all of us here, especially for our academic community.”
Pradhan also highlighted that our education system had been rigid in the past. “Multi-disciplinary and holistic education was a challenge but NEP 2020 has made it possible to make our teaching and learning more vibrant, inclusive, flexible and multi-disciplinary.” Pradhan said.
He further said that online education is the new reality and teaching fraternity must build new academic dynamics and come forward for developing quality e-learning content, developing SOPs to ensure online learning is not limited to exploitative market forces and protecting against data imperialism.
He also said, “NEP 2020 is a guiding philosophy rooted in Indianness. A philosophy to universalise education and skilling, improve learning outcomes, build capacities, make India a ‘Vishwaguru’ and also provide remedies to civilisational fault-lines.”
The minister urged everyone to create global citizens and meet global expectations in line with the NEP 2020, our academic institutions must also ensure that they become ‘instruments of knowledge and empowerment’ rather than being ‘instruments of materialistic expectations’.
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