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National Education Policy: We’re working to make India a knowledge economy, PM Modi says

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NEW DELHI: We are working to make India a “knowledge economy” in the 21st century and the

National Education Policy

(NEP) will also tackle the issues of brain drain, said Prime Minister

Narendra Modi

on Monday.

“We are working to make India a knowledge economy. To tackle brain drain, the NEP has paved the way for opening campuses of best international institutions in the country to bring them within reach of youth from simple families,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister, along with President

Ram Nath Kovind

, Education Minister

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

and others are participating in the Governor’s Conference on NEP via video conference.

PM

Modi

said that the NEP will prepare the country’s youth on parameters of both knowledge and skill needed in the future.

“Today the world is discussing the fast-changing nature of work, jobs in the future. This policy will prepare the country’s youth according to the needs of the future on both knowledge and skills front,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that the NEP focuses on “learning instead of studying” and is based on “critical thinking rather than curriculum” with a special focus on “passion, practicality, and performance” and also added that the policy had been made with the intention to bring higher education, whether it is technical, academic or vocational, out of the silos and keep the administration’s interference to a minimum.

“Any system can be as effective and inclusive as its governance model is. The same thought is reflected in the governance related to education in this NEP. This is not the government’s education policy, it is the country’s education policy,” he said.

The conference titled “Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education” has been organised by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

The new National Education Policy strives for turning India into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society. It envisions an India-centred education system that contributes directly to transforming India into a global

superpower

.

The Governors’ Conference is also being attended by Education Ministers of various states, Vice-Chancellors of state universities, and other senior officials.

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LS passes FCRA Bill; govt says it’s not against any religion

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NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill to amend the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act to make furnishing of Aadhaar numbers of office-bearers of any NGO mandatory for registration and also effect other changes.

Amid concerns raised by various opposition members about The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, junior home minister Nityanand Rai asserted that the bill is not against any religion or NGO. The proposed legislation will also not stop foreign contributions in any way, he noted.

The bill, which also seeks to bar public servants from receiving funds from abroad, was passed after a discussion in the Lower House even as many opposition parties raised objections to the bill. According to Rai, there was misuse of funds by way of transferring the money to other entities and the bill seeks to curb such things. “We will stop misuse of funds,” he stressed.

Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said there is a political agenda in bringing the bill and claimed that things are being done to protect PM-CARES Fund. TMC’s Sougata Roy said the bill was to tighten all the organisations getting funds from abroad. When the SC has said that Aadhaar was not compulsory, then “why should you (government) make Aadhaar compulsory,” he asked.

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‘385 Pakistanis among 409 to get citizenship’

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NEW DELHI: As many as 385 Pakistanis, six Bangladeshis, 5 US nationals and 3 Malaysians were among the 409 foreigners granted Indian citizenship until September 17 this year, the government told Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Among the countries whose nationals became Indian citizens in 2020 are Indonesia (2); and Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, UK, Tanzania, Iran and Switzerland (all one each). Junior home minister Nityanand Rai said a total 2,729 foreigners were granted Indian citizenship since 2017. Most of these were from Pakistan, with 2,120 Pakistani were granted Indian citizenship between 2017 and September 17 this year.

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Terror, pelting cases see drop post 370 move

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NEW DELHI: Terrorist incidents in J&K fell by 53% and stone-pelting cases by 56% during the 393 days between nullification of Article 370 on August 5, 2019 and August 31, 2020, as compared to the same period spanning from July 7, 2018 to August 4, 2019, the home ministry told RS on Monday.

In reply to question, junior home minister G Kishan Reddy said 206 terrorist incidents were recorded and 310 stone pelting cases registered in J&K between August 5, 2019 and August 31, 2020, down from 443 terrorist incidents and 703 stone pelting cases between July 7, 2018 and August 4, 2019.

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