The Union’s Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dharmendra Pradhan, as the Troika’s co-chair, delivered the opening address at the G-20 Education Ministers’ meeting. The minister proposed interventions on the theme of ‘Recovery, reimagining and building stronger’, saying that India has operationalized virtual schools and is setting up a digital university and more than 260 TV channels dedicated to education in multiple Indian countries. languages to expand the field of education and also to achieve the goal of making education equitable and accessible.
At the event, the minister spoke about the importance of sharing mutual experiences and working together to create a new world where education remains the hub for tackling common challenges.
He added that the National Education Policy 2020, based on the fundamental principles of access, equality, quality, affordability and responsibility, is India’s guiding light for advancing lifelong learning opportunities and achieving the G20’s shared vision.
Pradhan highlighted India’s rapid steps towards building a more resilient and inclusive education and skills ecosystem and realizing the creative potential of every learner through the implementation of NEP 2020.
He said India places special emphasis on formalizing early childhood education and care, supporting children with other disabilities, fostering digital and multimodal learning, flexible entry and exit pathways, and integrating education with skills that are essential to improve learning outcomes.
Pradhan said the NEP 2020 has paved the way for internationalization of education in India and India welcomes foreign universities to establish campuses in GIFT City in Ahmedabad. We are also in the process of adopting policies to enable foreign universities to set up their campuses across India.
Furthermore, Pradhan underlined India’s commitment to work with G20 member states to build an education system where learning outcomes match 21st century skills. For education to be the engine of global growth, all efforts must be made to unleash the full potential of our G20 EdWG, he added.
He added that the G20 Education Group has set an agenda that addresses the challenges and unprecedented changes that have taken place in the global institutional framework. India remains committed to working with the G20 to strengthen education systems to rebuild and recover stronger together, he added.
On the sidelines of the G20 education ministers meeting, Pradhan held a series of bilateral meetings with HE Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister of Education and Foreign Affairs, Singapore, HE Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education and MoS for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, UAE and HE Dr. Hamad MH Al Sheikh, Minister of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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