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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the new education policy announced by the government emphasises on making ‘job creators’ instead of ‘job seekers’ and is an attempt to transform the ‘intent’ and ‘content’ of the country’s education system.
Addressing the finale of the Smart India Hackathon, he said the National Education Policy-2020 facilitates inter-disciplinary study which will ensure that the focus is on what the students want to learn and will mark a shift from the “burden of school bag” to the “boon of learning”.
The NEP is big on access to education and aims to increase gross enrolment ratio in higher education to 50 per cent by 2035, he said.
“India’s National Education Policy (NEP) reflects the spirit of new India. We are shifting from the burden of the school bag, which does not last beyond school, to the boon of learning which helps for life. From simply memorising to critical thinking. The 21st century is the era of knowledge, learning, and innovation. For years, the limitations of the system had an adverse effect on the lives of students. No longer. The new policy reflects the aspirations of young India. It is not process centric, it is people centric and future centric. The NEP is not just a policy but is a compilation of aspirations of all 130 crore Indians,” he told students who participated through video link.
He said that under the pressure of parents, relatives and friends, students tend to opt for subjects that others have selected. (PTI)