The Union’s Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dharmendra Pradhan, pointed to the importance of local languages and mother tongue and said it is important to learn local languages for the development of critical thinking skills, which is also one of the main focus areas of the national education policy. The minister who delivered the keynote address at the India Education Summit 2022, a dialogue platform of Google and Indian Express, shared his thoughts on bringing education and skills to every Indian, ways to transform India into a knowledge economy and the spirit of innovation in every pocket of India. He said that an estimated 52.5 crore population is under the age range of 3-23, of whom about 35 crore has access to education and skills.
In bridging the gap, he said: “We should try to bring the remaining 17-18 crore under the umbrella of education and skills. By raising the GER, making skills ambitious and increasing the economic productivity of young Indians, we can we are turning India into a knowledge superpower,” he added.
During this conversation, the minister expressed his happiness to experience first-hand the spirit of innovation of young students during the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022.
He told stories of several students doing innovative work and said that the confidence, skills, creativity and intellectual capacity of our youth knows no bounds. He said that whether it is Nandini and Niveditha, the siblings from Kerala who simplify Vedic mathematics through online workshops, Shubham Majee from Jamtara or Moon Verma from Kapurthala, it is young people like them who will make India’s great leap in the coming decades. “The enthusiasm for innovation as shown by students from Garhwa, Gwalior, Jamtara, Kottayam, Khurda during ParikshaPeCharcha has amazed everyone,” said the minister.
He went on to say that students from tier-II & III cities and with a rural background choose the path of innovation and entrepreneurship. Speaking about the highly talented young people in the tier-II and III cities and in rural areas, the Minister of Education emphasized the need for skills development to help these students fly high and choose the path of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The minister also stressed that the next 25 years are the most crucial for India’s development journey. “In line with the NEP 2020, we must all work together to ensure that our students become global citizens and lead India and the world towards a powerful future,” he added.
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