Dharmendra Pradhan meets IIT, IISc directors on first day as education minister

Modi 2.0 Cabinet Reshuffle 2021: Education minister, PM Modi met directors of IITs and IISc on the first day itself.

Dharmendra Pradhan meets IIT, IISc directors on first day as education minister Dharmendra Pradhan, 52, was sworn in as a Cabinet minister and then assigned the education, skill development, and entrepreneurship portfolio on Wednesday
Team Careers360 | Jul 8, 2021 - 12:40 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The new education minister Dharmendra Pradhan and minister of state for education Annapurna Devi, Subhas Sarkar, and Rajkumar Ranjan Singh took charge on Thursday.

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Soon after assuming the office, Pradhan along with prime minister Narendra Modi conducted a virtual meeting with directors of centrally funded technical institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. More than 100 heads of institutions participated in the meeting.

Replacing Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Pradhan, 52, was sworn in as a Cabinet minister and then assigned the education, skill development, and entrepreneurship portfolio after the mega cabinet reshuffle 2021 on Wednesday. Pradhan is a BJP member of Parliament from Deogarh, Odisha.

Students across India are expecting critical announcements from Pradhan on national-level entrance exams such as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET 2021, and the common admission test for central universities, CUCET 2021. Amid academic disruptions and gross learning gaps caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pradhan will be responsible for executing key reforms proposed in the Nation Education Policy, NEP 2020 as well.

"With the introduction of #NEP, the Indian education system has taken a giant leap in fostering an environment for a future-ready 21st century India. We are committed to making students and youth the primary stakeholders in propelling India towards an equitable knowledge society," Pradhan tweeted after the meeting. The minister shared his intent to integrate education and employment making it at par with global standards.

MoS for education

Subhas Sarkar, a BJP MP from Bankura in West Bengal, along with Annapurna Devi, national Vice-President of BJP, has also been inducted as MoS for education. Devi was earlier state president of Rashtriya Janata Dal in Jharkhand later she quit the RJD to join BJP, PTI reported.

The third MoS is Rajkumar Ranjan Singh who, before turning to politics, served as the deputy registrar and then registrar of Manipur University between 1985 and 2012. A member of the erstwhile royal clan of Manipur, Singh also taught in the same university. Singh, a PhD degree holder, joined politics in 2013 and was elected to Lok Sabha in 2019. Sarkar, Devi, and Singh have replaced Sanjay Dhotre who stepped down along with Pokriyal on Wednesday.

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