Around 10 nations have shown interest in the latest NEP. “Perhaps it is the first such policy in the world which has seen such huge consultations with over 1,000 universities, 45,000 degree colleges, 15 lakh schools, 1 crore teachers and professors along with 33 crore students,” said the minister.
According to the Education Ministry, 10 countries have contacted and shown interest in implementing India’s new National Educational Policy (NEP). The announcement was made by the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Friday during a webinar on “NEP 2020 – The Brighter Future of Education” organised by ASSOCHAM. The followed was said by the minister:
“Around 10 countries have contacted us, with their education ministers showcasing the willingness to implement India’s new education policy in their countries. The government is seeking paragraph-wise suggestions on how to go about implementing the NEP. So far 15 lakh comments have been received and we are open to receiving more suggestions, I must say we are not against English but mother tongue as a medium of education would help strengthen Indian languages. The government does not intend to impose any language on any state. People need to understand that English is not an Indian language. I would like to tell those people who argue that if we do not learn English we cannot progress on a global level, we need to look at countries like Japan, Russia, Israel, France, USA that all provide education in their language. We are in the favour of strengthening 22 Indian languages and we want to promote all of these languages.
“Perhaps it is the first such policy in the world which has seen such huge consultations with over 1,000 universities, 45,000 degree colleges, 15 lakh schools, 1 crore teachers and professors along with 33 crore students and their parents, politicians, state governments and their education ministers, chief ministers, parliamentarians and industry bodies. The main objective of NEP 2020 is to develop good human beings and not machines. It is a nation-centric policy, full of human values and with regards to innovation, knowledge, research, science and technology, it will be on the top on international level.” (sic.)
Pokhriyal also declared that they considered and included a lot of the 2.25 lakh suggestions received nationwide. (Source: HT)