NEP shifts focus from ‘what to think’ to ‘how to think,’ PM Modi says – Times of India ►

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that it is a matter of happiness that no section of the country has stated that the National Education Policy (NEP) has any bias. The Prime Minister said that the goal of the NEP should be to empower the present and future generations to be future-ready.

“After the National Education Policy came, no section of the country said that the policy has any bias. It is a matter of happiness,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a ‘Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’, via video conferencing.

“Every country equates education to its national interest and moves forward. The goal is that the education system should keep the present and future generation future-ready. NEP’s basis in India is similar. NEP’s goal is to enable the youth of the country for future challenges,” he added.

Outlining the major shifts in NEP, PM Modi said that while the previous policy laid stress on ‘what to think,’ the emphasis will now be on ‘how to think.’

He said that changing times has given rise to a new global system, and it was essential that India changed its education system as per this. The change from a 10+2 system in school education to a 5+3+3+4 curriculum was in keeping with this, the PM said.

“NEP was approved after extensive discussions over 3-4 years and deliberation over lakhs of suggestions,” the Prime Minister added.

“National Education Policy is being discussed across the nation today. People from different fields and ideologies are giving their views and reviewing the policy. It’s a healthy debate. The more it is done, the more it will be beneficial to the education system of the country,” he added.

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