PM Narendra Modi held a meeting today to deliberate on the issues and reforms required in the education sector including National Education Policy(NEP). In this meeting, special emphasis was given on the use of technology in the education sector.
The first National Policy on Education was introduced in 1968 during the Indira Gandhi government as per the recommendations of the Kothari Comision report. In the year 1986, the Rajiv Gandhi government again introduced a new National Policy on Education which was further modified in 1992. The HRD ministry again came up with a draft New Education Policy in 2019 under the Modi government.
Points were discussed on how to enhance learning through adapting the use of technology such as online classes, education portal, and class-wise broadcast on dedicated education channels.
The major focus areas of the new National Education Policy:
- Bringing uniformity in education providing universal access to quality education,
- Improving the quality of elementary education, through a new national curriculum framework that focuses on multi-linguistic, 21st-century skills
- Integration of sport and art, environmental issues in the curriculum with greater focus
- Vocational education at an early stage
The use and promotion of technology in various modes like online mode, TV channels, radio, podcasts education at school and higher levels was also discussed in the meeting.
The PM also emphasised on ushering in educational reforms to create a vibrant knowledge society by ensuring higher quality education to all thereby making India a global knowledge superpower.
Above all, early childhood care and education, foundational literacy, and numeracy adapting contemporary pedagogy, preserving the nation’s cultural and linguistic diversity.
The government is planning for the extensive use of modern technologies including artificial intelligence to achieve all the goals and to ensure efficient educational governance.