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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that the New Education Policy (NEP) follows the 'Nai Talim' (new education) of Mahatma Gandhi by giving importance to the mother tongue as the medium of instruction at school level.
Addressing the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, the Vice President recalled that the 'Nai Talim' proposed by Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha in 1937 laid emphasis on making mother tongue as the medium of instruction in addition to free compulsory education and skill training to the students.
"Our Constituent Assembly, after a long debate, accepted Hindi as the official language and also accorded constitutional status to other Indian languages in the eighth schedule. Noting that every Indian language has a glorious history and rich literature. We are fortunate to have linguistic diversity in our country. Our linguistic diversity is our strength as our languages symbolise our cultural unity," Naidu said.
Referring to Mahatma Gandhi's views on language, he said that for Mahatma Gandhi, the question of language was a question of national unity. "Even after insisting on Hindi, Mahatma Gandhi understood the sensitivity of every citizen to his mother tongue. Gandhiji associated mother tongue with Swaraj and called for according due importance to it," he said.
Vice President addressed the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, and recalled the 'Nai Talim' proposed by Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha in 1937.Photo by Pixabay
He also said that Indian languages have played an important role in keeping the overseas Indian community connected with the motherland India, he observed.
The Vice President said that it is expected of a civilised society that its language should be gentle, cultured and creative. "Let us exercise our freedom of expression with the decency of language and the discipline of words," he said.
Describing our linguistic diversity as the strength of the country, the Vice President urged to strengthen this thread of unity in diversity and stressed the need for enhanced dialogue between Indian languages.
He suggested the language departments of universities play an important role in this regard. "There should be constant contact and intellectual dialogue between the language departments of the universities," he said.
The Vice President also unveiled the statue of the architect of the Constitution, Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. The Vice President also inaugurated Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bhawan and Chandrashekhar Azad Hostel in the university as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations. (IANS/JB)
(Keywords: New Education Policy, India, Education, Mahatma Gandhi, Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu, Atal Bihari Vajpayee)
The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, on Monday called upon scientists to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to address the challenges faced by mankind, ranging from from climate change, agriculture to health and medicine.
Addressing scientists and students at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bengaluru, the Vice President urged scientists to strive for achieving excellence and to innovate for improving the lives of the people.
"The purpose of science is to make people's lives happy, healthy and comfortable," he said. He lauded the JNCASR for having generated over 300 patents and for promoting the establishment of a few startups based on indigenous inventions.
Naidu advised the scientists and researchers to undertake research in the emerging fields like synthetic biology, computational biology, high-performance engineering materials and artificial intelligence.
Lauding JNCASR for having made an excellent impact on the international arena by positioning itself among the top institutions in its areas of expertise, he said that it can contribute immensely towards fostering scientific temper in the country and in improving research outcomes.
Referring to the National Education Policy 2020, Naidu said, "It will ensure that students have access to new teaching and learning strategies across all segments." The Vice President also told the students to leave no stone unturned to achieve their goals. "Please remember that there is no substitute to hard work. You must always strive to push the boundaries and never remain content or complacent with the status quo," he said.
Mentioning that Bengaluru is blessed with a large number of water bodies, Naidu noted with concern that many of these water bodies are getting degraded because of people's neglect or illegal encroachments.(IANS/PP)
The Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Lucknow is launching two online full-time management courses considering the Covid-19 pandemic.
The institute’s MBA in Digital Business (2 years) and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (1 year) courses will be run by its department of management and humanities, completely in the online mode.
From teaching, submission of assignments and examinations, to getting a master’s degree, everything will be done with just a click of the mouse.
IIIT-director, Arun Mohan Sherry, said, “We have increased the number of seats for MBA in Digital Business from 60 to 100 while for Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management the admissions will be done for 30 seats.”
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He said both courses have been made at par with the New Education Policy.
The MBA in the digital business course is focused on producing leaders who can start their own online business venture or can take up various roles related to digital business in corporate sectors.
The course structure is well designed and includes modern concepts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, Blockchain and Fintech, he added.
The course will offer flexibility to take an exit after a year on which a candidate will be awarded a PG diploma certificate. Students can complete it even after a break in the next 5 years, while on completion of two years, a degree will be awarded, he added.
The second management course is an intensive one-year, full-time diploma program and is committed to training individuals to enhance their skills and capabilities required for challenging leadership roles.
The admission to the two courses will be done on the basis of academic performance, work experience and personal interview. (IANS/KR)
The New Education Policy (NEP) has infused a new wave of optimism with the vision of strengthening the education system, branching out into varied dimensions of skill-based learning to empower the Indian youth with the new age dynamism. The policy has arrived at the most appropriate time, when India is all geared up to redefine itself as “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
The newly envisaged framework aims to provide a holistic development for the learners that is largely aligned towards concept-based study to enhance critical thinking and a focused approach on experiential learning. It is oriented towards an outcome-based approach and would help bridging the gap between Academics and industry employability.
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Key components of NEP:
Creative combination of subjects without stiff demarcations between vocational and academic streams, a seamless integration of vocational studies, the 4-year multidisciplinary degrees with entry and exit options, capitalizing on modern technology, creating capabilities for online learning, allowing foreign universities to set up in India and all these setting the right synergies envisioned towards India emerging as the “vishwa guru”, the knowledge superpower.
Emergence of a vibrant institutional architecture:
The upcoming education ecosystem would witness the disruptive innovation with promising inclusions to deliver a variety of customized skill-based courses to match up to the dynamic industry requirements. This transformation would be fueled by the following policy ingredients:
– Elevate the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher studies from 26.3 percent (2018) to 50 percent by 2035. It is projected to add 3.5 crore new seats to HEIs.
– 4-year multidisciplinary degrees with entry and exit options with an academic bank for credits for the final degree.
The aforesaid inclusions paired with flexibility in subject combinations would work at building the desired skills set. We had silo formats, where each course was confined to a specific discipline and was missing the understanding of the real scenarios. A civil engineer, aspiring to bloom into an entrepreneur, needs to understand the complexities of accounts for a successful establishment. The multi-disciplinary approach would surely take us in the desired growth trajectory in the coming years.
Education framework driven by digitisation:
The NEP aims to create a framework embedded with digital infrastructure and technology advancements to provide today’s youth an access to quality learning. The online education is proving its mettle and is consistently driving knowledge management initiative and leveraging learning platforms for blended learning.
The comprehensive set of initiatives such as creating a digital infrastructure, e-learning modules, online courses in academics and vocational education, are aiming to create a future ready youth. An important introduction of “coding” as an essential skill from Class VI onwards is a very progressive and welcoming inclusion. This would surely result into skilled manpower eligible for job opportunities worldwide.
Global platform of educational equivalence:
The NEP has announced radical modifications in UG and PG Programs wherein students at the UG level can pursue the degrees of both 3 or 4 years with multiple exit and entry options and at the Master’s Level, can choose from 1 year and 2 Year PG Degrees.
The earlier rigidity of 2 years PG formula denied recognition to the 1-year Master’s that the Indians and students from abroad came with, aspiring for jobs or other educational avenues in India. With current choice, the India degrees would now be at par with foreign universities. It is indeed a welcome move for professionals, who desire to attain degree in Master’s. The new flexibilities would open two-way possibilities on both the educational front and jobs opportunities worldwide.
Internationalisation of higher education- promoting global competitiveness:
The NEP has introduced a progressive inclusion that allows Top 100 Universities in the world to set operations in India. We might start reaping the benefits from initiatives that are likely to launch in short term with this facilitation such as co-development of newer courses, a variety of virtual classrooms, global Immersion programs, Research collaboration and an enhancement in the quality of Indian education and research with global competitiveness.
A defined move to create the “Atmanirbhar Bharat”:
The NEP is focused towards providing today’s youth an access to high quality learning and development through a consolidated framework of academics and experiential applications, to prepare them thoroughly for progressive opportunities. It promises to create the new age skills for students with a higher eligibility of availing the desired roles in vast arena of job opportunities. The entire process of implementing the framework is bound to create the linked employment into the system as it would positively expose the Indian population to the newer avenues in the education industry. (IANS)