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PM Modi addresses nation on NEP first anniversary, announces engineering courses in 5 regional languages

 On the occasion of the first anniversary of National Education Policy (NEP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed educationists, students, and teachers from across the country on Thursday via video conferencing.

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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 29, 2021, 6:23 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation at 4.30 pm today to mark the first anniversary of the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. This is the first education policy of the 21st century and replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of National Education Policy (NEP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed educationists, students, and teachers from across the country on Thursday via video conferencing.

“Congratulations to all the countrymen and all the students on the completion of one year of the new National Education Policy,” Modi said. According to the prime minister, “In the past one year, all of you dignitaries of the country, teachers, principals, policymakers have worked hard to bring the national education policy to the surface.”

The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to announce engineering courses in five regional languages. “I am glad that 14 engineering colleges in 8 states are going to start its in 5 Indian languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali. A tool has also been developed for translation of engineering course into 11 Indian languages,” Modi said.

“India’s new National Education Policy is one of the major factors in the “mahayagna” (great exercise) of nation-building,” Modi said.

The new NEP assures the youth that the country is now completely with them and with their aspirations, he said.

He unveiled several initiatives related to the education sector in India to mark the first anniversary of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The projects launched today include Academic Bank of Credits, AI-based translation of first-year engineering curriculum in 11 regional languages, internationalisation of higher education, National Digital Education Architecture, and National Education Technology Forum.

Other initiatives launched by the Prime Minister included Vidya Pravesh - a three month play based school preparation module for Grade 1 students, Indian Sign Language as a Subject at secondary level, and NISHTHA 2.0 - an integrated teacher training programme designed by NCERT. SAFAL (Structured Assessment For Analyzing Learning Levels) - a competency based assessment framework for Grades 3, 5 and 8 in CBSE schools, and a website dedicated to Artificial Intelligence were also unveiled.

Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan as well as some Chief Ministers also participated in the event.

The NEP, which was approved by the Union Cabinet last year at a meeting presided by Prime Minister Modi, replaced the National Policy on Education framed in 1986. It is aimed at paving the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.

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