Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday that regional languages will play a crucial role in the education system revolution guided by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
In his inaugural speech at Nrupathunga University on Basava Jayanti, Akshaya Tritiya and Eid, he said the government led by Narendra Modi was committed to realizing the dream of making India a knowledge-based superpower.
The Centre, he said, aspires to instill the culture of patriotism in students during the celebration of 75 years of Independence. Over the past eight years, a total of 410 higher education institutions, including six central universities, seven IIMs and 15 AIIMS, have been established in the country, he added.
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The North Eastern region, which was previously neglected, has also been given prominence in all development works including education and the Central University of Sindhu has been established in Ladakh, the minister said.
Further, he said that the union government has focused on developing India as a global manufacturing hub. He also praised the fact that Karnataka has become an example for other states in the implementation of NEP-2020.
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Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government is focusing on three ‘E’s – education, employment and empowerment. He also said that a new employment policy has been developed with a focus on promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship.
Stating that the union government has granted 55 crore rupees to Nrupathunga University, the Chief Minister hailed the efforts of the Minister of Higher Education for the instrumental role he has been playing for the past two years in setting up implementation of NEP-2020.
In his opening remarks, CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Higher Education, said that human resources are the country’s greatest asset and that the bottom-up approach of NEP will pave the way for converting future citizens into productive members of society.
Narendra Modi had hinted at a new education policy even before he became prime minister and introduced it after taking over the helm. This will prepare students for industry by providing them with relevant skills, he said.
In the past two years, the state government has established six universities and is in the process of establishing seven more. In the near future, each district will have at least one university, Narayan added.
State Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said: “The recently established Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL), Ballary, would serve the people of neighboring districts to deliver speedy justice.
He informed that 50 acres of land have been identified to facilitate the opening of a regional campus of the National University of Forensic Sciences (Gujarat). He also called on the union’s Home Secretary to facilitate the establishment of its campus in the state at the earliest.
On this occasion, the Ballary Regional Forensic Science Laboratory and the Smart e-Beat policing system were virtually launched. The foundation stone was laid for the academic complex of Nrupathunga University and the logo of the University was also launched.
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