NEW DELHI: Prime Minister
on Monday said the new National Education Policy focuses on critical thinking and learning in line with
’ interests while urging all stake-holders to implement it in letter and spirit to realise its full potential.
“Our youth will now be able to learn according to their interests,” the PM said adding that in the NEP, the first since 1986, the pressure on students to take specific streams has been removed.
Addressing the inaugural session at the ‘Governors’ conference on the Role of NEP in Transforming Higher Education’, Modi said, “It is our collective responsibility that the policy is implemented in letter and spirit. The more teachers, parents, students are associated with education policy, the more relevant and broad-based it will be.”
In his address, President
Ram Nath Kovind
urged the Centre and states to increase funding in research and innovation to give impetus to a large economy like India. The conference was attended by Education Minister
, MoS (education) Sanjay Dhotre, governors, LGs/administrators of states and also some CMs and state education ministers.
The PM said the education policy like defence and foreign policies is not of the government but of the country and interference should be minimal. “With vocational exposure right from early age, our youth will get better prepared for life,” he said, adding that their participation in the global job market and employability in India will increase.
On the sidelines of the conference,
education minister said the state would not implement the policy as of now as “undermines the country’s federal structure”.