Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed a ‘Conclave on transformational reforms in higher education under National Education Policy’. PM Modi said that "National Education Policy was approved after extensive discussions over 3-4 years and deliberation over lakhs of suggestions."
He also said that "National Education Policy is being discussed across the nation today. People from different fields and ideologies are giving their views and reviewing the Policy. It's a healthy debate. The more it is done, the more it will be beneficial to the education system of the country."
The PM added that "Every country goes ahead by connecting its education system to its national values and reforming it as per its national goals. It's aimed at keeping its present & future generations 'future-ready'."
"There were no major changes in our education system in past few years. It caused our society to encourage herd mentality, instead of curiosity and imagination. How can youth develop critical and innovative ability if there's no passion in our education, no purpose of education?" he said.
Talking about the new system, the PM said that "Changing times has given rise to a new global system. A new global standard is rising. It was essential that India changed its education system as per this. Creating a 5+3+3+4 curriculum, while moving ahead from the school curriculum's 10+2 structure, is a step in this direction."
"Our education system focussed on 'What to think' so far. New policy emphasises on 'How to think'. There's no dearth of info & content in the time in which we're today. The effort is to lay emphasis on inquiry-based, discovery-based & analysis based ways to help children learn," PM said.