Union Budget 2022 will be of great help in implementing National Education Policy: PM Modi

Asserting that digital connectivity is what kept education system running during pandemic, Modi noted that digital divide is rapidly shrinking in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the webinar (Source: Twitter/@PIB_India)Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the webinar (Source: Twitter/@PIB_India)

Press Trust of India | February 21, 2022 | 03:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Union Budget for 2022-23 will be of great help in implementing the National Education Policy on the ground and asserted that the decision to set up a National Digital University can solve the problem of shortage of seats in educational institutions in the country.

Addressing a webinar on the positive impact of the Union Budget 2022-23, Modi said the budget focuses on five aspects related to the education sector -- universalisation of quality education, skill development, urban planning and design, internationalisation and AVGC (Animation Visual Effects Gaming Comic).

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Asserting that digital connectivity is what kept the education system running in this time of global pandemic, Modi also noted that the digital divide is rapidly shrinking in India.

"Digital university is an innovative and unprecedented step that has the potential of fully addressing the problem of seats in the universities. I call upon the education ministry, UGC and AICTE and all the stakeholders of the Digital University to work with speed on the project. I emphasised on the need to keep international standards in mind while creating institutes," he said.

"It was digital connectivity that kept the country’s education system going during the pandemic. We are seeing how the digital divide is rapidly shrinking in India. Innovation is ensuring inclusion for us. Educational infrastructure such as e-Vidya, One Class, One Channel, Digital Labs and Digital University are going to help the youth a lot, " he said.

Education Budget 2022: 5 key highlights

Modi asserted that the Budget for 2022-23 will be of great help in implementing the National Education Policy on the ground. The prime minister elaborated on five aspects that were highlighted in the Budget 2022.

"Key decisions have been taken for universalisation of quality education which means expansion of education with improved quality along with enhanced capabilities of the education sector. Second, attention has been given to skill development. Focus is on creating a digital skill ecosystem, skill development as per industry demand and better industry linkages," he said.

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"Third, the inclusion of India’s ancient experience and knowledge of urban planning and designing into education is important. Fourth, Internationalisation has been emphasised upon. This involves arrival of world class foreign universities and encouragement of institutions of GIFT City getting Fintech-related institutes."

"Fifth, focus on Animation Visual Effects Gaming Comic (AVGV) where there is huge potential of employment and there is a big global market. This budget will help a great deal in realizing the National Education Policy," he said. On International Mother Language Day on Monday, the prime minister underlined the link between education in the medium of mother language and the mental development of children.

"In many states, medical and technical education is also being imparted in the local languages. There should be a momentum in creating best content in digital format in local Indian languages. Such content needs to be available via Internet, mobile phones, TV and radio," the PM said.

He reiterated the requirement to keep the work with regard to content in sign languages going with due priority. The prime minister said "dynamic skilling is critical from the point of view of global talent demand for Aatmanirbhar Bharat". He highlighted the need to prepare the 'demographic dividend’ of the country as per the demands of the changing job roles. Digital Ecosystem for skilling and livelihood and e-skilling labs were announced in the budget with this vision in mind, he said.

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