PM lauds more enrolment of girls in higher edu

Mysuru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded more enrolment of girls in higher education, especially in professional courses like engineering and medicine.
“I am glad to learn more girls are enroling for higher education, which augurs well for the country’s development. In IITs, their (girls) enrollment has gone up to 30 per cent in 6 years from 8 per cent in 2014,” said Modi in Hindi while delivering the centenary convocation address of the University of Mysore through virtual mode from New Delhi.
Modi also hailed the century-old university for having more young women graduating in higher education than young men.
Advising the university’s faculty and students to become more innovative, he said the NEP 2020 would help them to become more competitive in multi-disciplinary programmes.
“It is for the first time in the country such sweeping reforms in the education field has been ushered in for multiple sectors such as incubation, technology development, industry-academic linkage and inter-disciplinary subjects,” said Modi.
Exhorting the students to strive for excellence, Modi advised them to think out of box ideas, especially in the area of start-ups for achieving self-reliance (atmanribhar) in diverse areas.
“The NEP will bring about fundamental changes in the education set up from pre-nursery to PhD (research), as the need of the hour is for a multi-dimensional approach to become globally competitive and locally productive,” said Modi in his 25-minute address.
Noting that skilling, reskilling and upskilling were the need of the day, the Prime Minister the NEP would focus in imparting them to the workforce.
“In the last 6-7 months, the speed and ambit of reforms have been expanded. Changes are being made for rapid growth and development,” said Modi.
Asserting that NEP was a major initiative to bring fundamental change in the education set-up across the country, Modi said to make capable youth more competitive, a multi-dimensional approach was being focussed on. (IANS)

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