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Chaired by Chief Minister, the Western Zone Vice Chancellors’ Conference on the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

    Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel :-

    • The Gujarat government has devised a comprehensive 10-year plan to effectively execute the National Education Policy 2020.
    • The state government has prioritized the development of students’ skills.
    • The new National Education Policy is poised to be instrumental in transforming India into a global education hub while promoting the development of the nation.

    Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan :-

    • Skill enhancement and job-oriented education have been given priority in NEP.
    • It is commendable that Rs. 1800 crore has been allocated for scholarships of students in the budget of Gujarat.

    The collective input from academicians and dignitaries regarding the National Education Policy 2020, aimed at shaping a ‘New India,’ will enhance the educational standards in the country: Shri Rushikesh Patel, Minister of Health, Medical Education, Higher and Technical Education

    The CM inaugurated the education exhibition in the presence of Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and state ministers

    More than 400 dignitaries (Vice Chancellors and NEP Co-ordinators) from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, Goa, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli participated in the conference

    Collaborative brainstorming by experts to enrich and enhance the education sector’s capacity

    Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel inaugurated a one-day conference for Vice Chancellors and NEP Coordinators, In Ektanagar, Narmada district, focusing on the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The event took place at Tent City-II, and it was graced by the presence of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education Minister, Shri Rushikesh Patel, Minister of Health and Medical, Higher and Technical Education, Shri Praful Pansheria, Minister of State for Education. Distinguished experts engaged in a collaborative brainstorming session to enrich and enhance the education sector, aligning it with the goals of the NEP. Additionally, the Chief Minister inaugurated an Education Exhibition, with the Union Education Minister and state ministers in attendance.

    Addressing the pre-summit event of the 10th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) in 2024, the Chief Minister highlighted that the Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has introduced a modernized National Education Policy, ushering in transformative changes to the traditional education framework. This new policy is poised to play a pivotal role in establishing India as a global education hub and fostering the growth of a developed India. He conveyed that the conference would prove highly beneficial in fortifying the entire educational ecosystem of the nation to ensure the efficient execution of this policy.

    The Chief Minister also stated that the NEP-2020, designed to play a pivotal role in fostering the holistic development of students, has been crafted under the visionary guidance of the Honorable Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, who advocates for exemplary and progressive education in national development, has inspired the Government of Gujarat to create a 10-year roadmap, aimed at the seamless implementation of NEP-2020. This roadmap is geared towards achieving goals such as comprehensive education, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and the delivery of high-quality educational services.
    Stating that quality education is a fundamental requirement for the progress of any nation or state, the CM highlighted the shift towards an educational approach centered on knowledge and skills rather than being person-centric. Consequently, there has been a consistent focus on fostering skill development among students.

    He expressed that this new NEP would serve as an effective means to empower the youth towards being AtmaNirbhar and contribute significantly to the nation-building process, a crucial foundation in the nation’s development. Today, the NEP will play a vital role not only in the transformation of education but also in advancing Digital India. It will facilitate AtmaNirbharta through changes in the business sector, as well as skill development and employment opportunities.

    The Chief Minister conveyed that the invaluable knowledge acquired during the day’s discussions and brainstorming sessions involving vice-chancellors, education department officials, and experts would undoubtedly contribute to the nation’s progress and the growth of students.

    The Chief Minister engaged in dialogue with the Vice-Chancellors, experts, and officials attending the conference, conveying his optimism regarding their collective efforts and cooperation in elevating the country’s education system to a global and more prosperous level.

    During this event, the Chief Minister, Union Minister of Education, and other ministers unveiled the ‘NEP SoP’ booklet, designed as a comprehensive guide for the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP). They also introduced two booklets, focusing on best practices in education within the domains of Quality Education and Sustainable Development, which were meticulously prepared by Maharaja Sayajirao University.

    Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Education Minister, stated that the 2020 National Education Policy, developed under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, is designed to establish an all-encompassing educational framework throughout the nation.

    He emphasized that the transition from Gangaji to Narmada represents a resounding success in shaping the future of a new India and realizing the vision of the Viksit Bharat@2047, as presented by the Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi.

    Indian languages have played a significant role in the country’s developmental trajectory. Every language spoken in India has national significance. As a result, NEP-2020 has accorded primacy to regional languages, fostering a transition from conventional Indian wisdom, renowned worldwide, to academic application, intending to influence societal attitudes.

    Moreover, Shri Pradhan emphasized that NEP places significant emphasis on improving skills and offering education that is geared toward employment opportunities. He noted that education is also a means of uniting India and expressed confidence that the deliberations during the four technical sessions focused on implementing NEP 2020, set against the backdrop of the statue of Sardar Saheb, the visionary behind the unification of the princely states into ‘Akhand Bharat,’ will play a pivotal role in its successful implementation. The Union Minister commended the state government for allocating a huge amount of Rs. 1800 crore for scholarships of students in its budget.

    Shri Rushikesh Patel, Minister for Health, Family Welfare, Medical Education, and Higher and Technical Education, described the conference as the ‘Samudra Manthan’ of knowledge and ideas. He went on to mention that in ancient times, India’s renowned universities such as Takshashila, Vikramshila, and Nalanda were renowned for imparting knowledge, spreading Indian culture, and sharing the wealth of wisdom with the world. The Prime Minister’s initiative in implementing NEP 2020 is aimed at equipping the youth with high-quality education and skill development, ultimately enhancing their employability.
    Speaking on the occasion, Prof. M. Jagadish Kumar, Chairman, of the University Grants Commission said that it is a great coincidence that the Vice Chancellors of more than 150 universities have come together on one stage for the proper implementation of the new NEP-2020, which has been developed to make more advanced and better, the education system.

    Notably, in the divine presence of the Statue of Unity, Ma Narmada, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, along with Western Zone vice-chancellors, professors, educators, and experts, a comprehensive roadmap will be devised to ensure the effective and thorough implementation of the NEP through collaborative consultations.
    Concluding the event, Shri Mukesh Kumar, the Principal Secretary of the Education Department, expressed gratitude with a vote of thanks.

    The event was attended by several dignitaries, including Minister of State for Education Shri Praful Pansheria, Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister Shri Hasmukh Adhia, Chairman of AICT Prof. T.G. Sitharaman, Commissioner of the Technical Education Department, Gujarat Shri Banchhanidhi Pani, Director of the Department of Higher Education Shri P.B. Pandya, Advisor of KCG Prof. A.U. Patel, Vice-Chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University Dr. Vijaykumar Shrivastav, Vice-Chancellors of Western Zone Universities, education experts, professors, and invited delegates.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat