New education policy based on equity, quality, accessibility: Pokhriyal – education
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Friday that India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) is based on concepts of equity, quality and accessibility.
The minister also cited the “diverse” nature of the country in terms of regional languages to emphasize the benefits of having primary education in a child’s mother tongue.
Speaking at the opening session of the two-day Amity University conference on “Implementing the 2020 National Education Policy to Transform India,” he said there is awareness and enthusiasm regarding the implementation of NEP not only in the county but also worldwide.
“The new education policy connects the past with the future and focuses on bringing India to the top,” Pokhriyal said.
Quoting Swami Vivekananda, he said that the country is determined to achieve its goal in education.
“If you look at NEP from a broader horizon, politics is as national as it is international. It is powerful, inclusive and interactive. The new educational policy remains firm on the basis of equity, quality and accessibility ”, he said. He said that NEP promotes the mother tongue as a form of education because it is considered that no other language can provide as much expression to a person as the mother tongue itself.
“Primary education will be in the mother tongue and then it can be switched to other languages,” Pokhriyal added.
Noting that some people had raised concerns about the global appeal of the new policy regarding the use of English, he asked whether countries such as Japan, Germany, France and Israel had lagged behind others just because they stuck to their mother tongue .
“These arguments don’t make any sense,” he said, highlighting the importance of mother-tongue education in a “diverse” country like India with several regional languages.
“This is not the educational policy of a man or a government, it is the educational policy of a country that has provided leadership to the world,” Pokhriyal added.
The minister told the audience, including vice-chancellors of various universities and UGC officials, that the implementation of the policy is as crucial as the policy itself.