Noting that the NEP is rooted in “Bharatiyata” while assimilating a global perspective, Shah said the policy enriches knowledge and culture and aligns with the aspirations of the society.
“The purpose of education is to develop character, empathy, courage and to prepare students to face the challenges of life. Education can enable India to reach the pinnacle of success. Society looks up to us with expectations and hopes that this will happen. Our Educational aspiration is not just to acquire degrees and certificates but also achieving global good,” Shah said at an event marking the completion of two years since the inception of NEP.
“The The National Education Policy is aligned with the roots of the nation and has been adopted unprecedentedly across the country. It is clearly stated that a strong public education system is the foundation of a successful democratic nation. NEP aims to develop citizens who combine national pride with global good in the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” he said.
The Home Secretary also warned that the NEP was an antidote to Macaulay’s education system, which aimed to “colonize our minds”.
“The National Education Policy is not just a political document but a reflection of the aspirations of all students, academics and citizens working in the Indian education sector. Whether it is technical education, medical education or legal education, we do not teach all these in Indian languages, we can utilize only 5 percent by limiting the state’s capacity. But when we teach these subjects in Indian languages, we can utilize 100 percent of the state’s capacity,” Shah said.
“There is a close connection between research and the education system in the mother tongue. One who thinks in his own language can do well in research, because his ability to think original is developed in his language. For the country to become a research and development center, very important is to preserve the thought process of children in their mother tongue,” he added.
Shah said the main objective of NEP is to produce students who have a sense of national pride and global prosperity and have the potential to become global citizens in the true sense of the word.
“By rote learning, one can gain a good position in life, but one cannot gain respect. One must gain eminence by increasing memory, thinking, reasoning, analysis and decision-making skills…that is the purpose of NEP 2020,” he added.
The NEP, approved by the Union Cabinet in 2020, replaced the 34-year-old National Education Policy formulated in 1986 and was intended to pave the way for transformational reforms in the school and higher education systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.
The Interior Minister noted that the NEP is based on five main pillars – capacity building, accessibility, quality, equity and accountability.
“The benefit of Indian knowledge and research should not be limited to India but the whole world should receive it. This education policy is not a book but a library in itself,” he said.
Shah launched a series of initiatives in the education and skill development sector to mark the occasion.
Setting up Indian Knowledge Systems-MIC program to showcase technology, introducing 75 Bharatiya games in schools, launching Kalashala initiative in 750 schools to promote and support local arts, partnering with Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) to provide upward mobility to students and help them achieve higher education education and more livelihood opportunities – these initiatives include the opportunity to join a three-year study program.
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