Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal through its New Education Policy (NEP) aims to teach students self-reliance from the school level itself. The minister made this statement in his inaugural speech at the India Education Summit (IES) 2021. The IES 2021 is a three-day event comprising stakeholders from the government, universities, colleges, and e-learning platforms.
The aim to bring Atmanirbharta i.e. Self-reliance at the school level :
Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal aims to inculcate self-reliance amidst students via training at the school level. Hence, he says that the students should get connected with internships, vocational training, and other activities. All these training should be initiated from standard 6th itself. Hence, by the time the student completes their school education, they can take up any task and have experience as well.
Under the New Education Policy (NEP), India will be the first nation to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) in schools. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already present in higher educational institutions like IITs and other specialized colleges. Therefore, the minister says that this knowledge should be given right from the school level.
Transition to online education, yet another self-reliance:
During the covid-19 pandemic, education completely transitioned from offline to online mode. However, this was a huge task in a country like India. Therefore, the minister praised this step where Indian education moved to a digital mode in a short time of 2 months.
However, access to online education is not available to everyone in the country which is a major issue. Hence, with the onset of digital learning, the challenge now is to bring the 33 crores, Indian students, into this digital learning space. The ministry of education is constantly trying to reach students who don’t have internet access. Hence, around 10-20 percent of the students are yet to get digital access for online education.
Therefore, the aim is to bring self-reliance in education. A base has to be created for the future in which education continues regardless of any situation. Hence, both online and offline preparations are being carried out hand in hand.