Lockdown Extended: PM Modi Discusses Education Sector Reforms

The Government of India decided to extend the lockdown again for two weeks after May 3 due to the full play of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19). To avoid academic loss and take appropriate measures for the future of students, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on May 1 to discuss the issues and reforms needed in the education sector including National Education Policy (NEP).


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Modi Discusses Education Sector Reforms

The special emphasis was given to use of technology in the education sector and increasing the learning and adapting by the use of technology such as online classes, education portal and class-wise broadcast on education channels.

The National Education Policy (NEP), which was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992, needs to be changed to tackle the current situation. Prime Minister Modi said that educational reforms that would make India a global knowledge superpower.

The primary focus is to provide quality education and universal access through a new national curriculum framework. The meeting also discussed the use and promotion of technology in various modes for education at all levels.

The statement reads, "Reforming the higher education scenario by making Indian Education System at par with the highest global standards making education effective, inclusive, contemporary rooted in the Indian culture and ethos."

It also reads, "It was decided to usher in education reforms to create a vibrant knowledge society by ensuring higher quality education to all thereby making India a 'Global knowledge Super Power'."

The government also decided to promote the Artificial Intelligence to achieve efficient educational governance.

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