Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national tricolour flag and delivered his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the iconic Red Fort today i.e., on Saturday. He said in his 74th Independence Day speech that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will connect India’s students to our roots, but will also help them be a global citizen.
“After three decades, we have been successful in getting a new education policy,” said PM Modi.
PM also said that education is necessary for a new India and for the nation to become self-reliant or Atmanirbhan.
He also said that the National Research Foundation too has been set up as research is important for innovation.
“An important aspect of NEP 2020 is the National Research Foundation. An emphasis was placed on research because that is a key focus for innovation and India’s progress,” he added.
National Education Policy was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 30, 2020. NEP’s motive is to bring a change in the way academics is taught in schools and colleges and also the way the sector is regulated.
As per the policy, students will be able to learn their mother tongue or local language till the fifth grade and preferably till the eighth grade. This is done so as to boost regional languages as most schools use Hindi or English as the medium of instruction.
Moreover, vocational education has been made compulsory from the 6th class, and here, students will be able to visit local craftsmen, carpenters, potters and weavers to know and understand the skills of the trade.
While delivering a speech, PM Modi also spoke regarding how adversity called Coronavirus has brought about a new phase of online mode of education all over India.
“Online classes have become a culture during COVID-19 outbreak. We are seeing classes being held online even in villages during this time,” he added.
Since schools have been close yet in light of coronavirus crisis, regular classes are now being taught over video-conferencing tools using platforms like Zoom and Google.