Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Our Education and Skills Ecosystem: Dharmendra Pradhan


New Delhi: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today addressed the inaugural session of the 2nd day of the National Conference of School Education Ministers. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrabhai Patel; Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant; Union State Ministers for Education and Skills Development, State Government Ministers of Education, Chairman of the Steering Committee for Developing a New National Curriculum Framework, K Kasturangan and senior officials from the Ministry of Education and state governments attended the conference.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that school education is the foundation of a knowledge-based society and that the National Education Policy (NEP) is a knowledge document that aims to promote the overall development and to make education accessible to all.

The minister said that we are in the era of Amrit Kaal. The next 25 years are crucial for making India a knowledge economy committed to global welfare, he added. We are a civilization that believes in Vasudhaiv Kutumbukam and we must realize that we have responsibilities not only to our nation but also to the world.

The Minister insisted that as we prepare for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, we must leverage technology to strengthen our education and skills ecosystem. Yesterday, while visiting various education and training institutions, we all got a glimpse of the different dimensions of the futuristic education systems of the 21st century, he added.

The Minister highlighted the 5 + 3 + 3 + 4 approach of the NEP covering preschool to secondary, the emphasis on ECCE, teacher training and adult education, the integration of skills development in school education and the prioritization of learning in the mother tongue, which are steps to prepare global citizens. of the 21st century.

The minister informed that the government is establishing PM Shri schools which will be fully equipped to prepare students for the future. These state-of-the-art schools will be the laboratory for NEP 2020. It has solicited suggestions and feedback from all of our states/UTs and across the education ecosystem to create a futuristic benchmark in the form of PM Shri Schools.

The Minister underlined that the experience and knowledge sharing of all State Ministers of Education in structured and results-oriented discussions at today’s conference will bring a step closer to the transformation of the learning landscape in line with the NEP 2020. He expressed his belief that the ongoing deliberations at this conference will go a long way in strengthening the education system across the country.

Addressing a conference, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, clearly stated that, aware of the need to constantly redefine and redesign the teaching and learning process, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has changed the education policy of 34 years and gave the new national education policy to the country considering knowledge as the best treasure according to our culture. The entire nation unites under the leadership of the Prime Minister to realize the National Education Policy goal of providing equal and high quality education for all.

The CM added that, Education, health and safety are key factors in the development of any nation, state or society. Providing inclusive and equitable education in place of stereotypical and outdated education is the one hour need. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given this new education policy with the commitment to provide such timely education to the children and future generation of the nation.

During the eight-year tenure of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, many new initiatives were taken in the country; The new education policy is one of them. Thanks to this policy, the young people of the country will also be able to follow higher education in their regional language. Spending on education in the country has almost doubled, at the same time, enough emphasis has been placed on skills development and the skills of 1.34 crore youths in the country have been upgraded.

The Chief Minister also expressed his confidence that this two-day conference held in Gujarat under the leadership of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav of education ministers and scholars from across the country will strengthen the education sector more effectively.

Gujarat Minister of Education, Jitu Vaghani welcomed the fact that Union Education Minister, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel gave Gujarat a chance to host this national conference and be very proud of it. The program of the National Conference of Ministers of School Education will be an important step in taking the education sector to new heights with the help of technology, the effective implementation of a new education policy and the realization of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of the New India.

Minister Jitu Vaghani further stated that the National Education Policy is a policy that has been carefully studied by experts and with its implementation, we can see a new change in the society. National Education Policy – ​​will prove to be an important document for the future of the country and the new India. Thus, the implementation of such a policy is the responsibility of each of us. Education is our greatest responsibility to society and the new education policy will be a golden step in fulfilling this responsibility with full allegiance.

In her introductory remarks to give perspective to the conference, the School Education Secretary, Government of India, Smt Anita Karwal said that to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, a multi-pronged and holistic approach must be taken to ensure that children receive appropriate support. She informed that a comprehensive Learning Recovery Plan (LRP) has been prepared which sets out the actions to be taken by each stakeholder, an indicative annual schedule of activities, existing interventions that can be used and additional support with funding as a one-off measure. States and UTs can track interventions in their Project Approval Board proposal:

  • Learning Enhancement Program (LEP) for all students.
  • Teacher Resource Kit (TRP)
  • Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) Study
  • Information and Communication Technology Facility to Block Resource Centers: ICT Facilities at BRC
  • Strengthening cluster resource centers – Support for mobility of CRCs

On the sidelines of the conference, Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, along with State/UT Education Ministers, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MoS Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & Information Technology; Smt. Annapurna Devi, MoS for Education; Dr. Subhas Sarkar, MoS for Education and senior officials from Ministry of Education visited Vidya Samiksha Kendra (VSK), Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), National University of Forensic Science (NFSU) and the International Automotive Center of Excellence (iACE) on June 1, 2022.


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