The New Education Policy 2020 is a landmark in the Indian education sector. The policy will help turn India into a vibrant knowledge society with an emphasis on vocational and environmental education, said the Governor of Manipur and Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Najma Heptulla.
Addressing the concluding session of the 4-day virtual conference of the 4th edition of the National Teachers’ Congress (NTC) organised here at MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU), Pune today, Dr Najma Heptulla said Universal high quality education is the best way forward and the policy empowers students to pick the subjects they like. It aims at a holistic education with the convergence of Arts and Science, creating enlightened citizens and deepening our democratic roots.
She further added, “Native languages have been given special focus in the policy to help students understand their cultural roots. The policy places importance on the classical languages of our country to further inculcate a sense of pride amongst students in speaking in their mother tongue.”
NTC 2020 was attended by some of the leading academicians and educationists from all over the world, representing five continents. The Conference witnessed more than 43 national & international speakers, with 11 sessions, and was attended by around 3,000 participants. The inaugural address of each session was given by an Education Minister of a state.
This year’s National Teachers’ Congress (NTC) covered significant topics such as, the introduction of NEP 2020, the leap towards Atmanirbhar Bharat, Education Technology and Liberal Education, which were discussed at the Conference. School and university teachers from India and university teachers of Indian origin from foreign countries participated in this unique dialogue and shared their experience with their contemporaries in India.
Former Union Minister and Padma Vibhushan Dr Murli Manohar Joshi said, “Education is fundamental for the development of society and for promoting national developments and national integration. Our ability to provide high quality education will determine our future. The National Education Policy 2020 addresses all aspects of the education structure. After a gap of 30-35 years, we have a robust policy in place. The rich heritage of India has been the guiding light of this policy. NEP 2020 takes into account the local and global needs – instilling knowledge of India and its traditions and instilling strong ethics considered critical for inculcating national pride.”
Lifetime Achievement Awards Conferred
Further, the prestigious Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar was conferred upon Dr K Kasturi Rangan, Padma Vibhushan, Chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan, Chairperson, National Education Policy, Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Former Head, ISRO; Dr Jagdish Gandhi, Founder Manager, City Montessori School (CMS) Convenor, International Conference of Chief Justices of the World; and Dr. Achyuta Samanta Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha (BJD, Kandhamal, Odisha), Founder, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) for their extraordinary contribution towards the education sector.