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New education policy will be a catalyst for the creation of a New India as well as for research and employment – Guj CM

“New Education Policy (NEP) customises knowledge with skill, it’s for educational institutions and educationists to implement”

– Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat

“New Education Policy will build New India, encourage research and generate employment”

– Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani

“World will look at India as a superpower of knowledge with implementation of New Education Policy”

– Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal


Ahmedabad, Wednesday: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 95th annual conference of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and National Vice-Chancellors Conference being organized in collaboration with AIU at the Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) here today.

This year’s theme of the two-day conference is centered around the New Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020), ‘Implementing NEP-2000 to Transform Higher Education in India’. It is being attended online by vice-chancellors of different universities in India, senior officers of Union Ministry of Education, head of UGC and others. It also pays tribute to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar his 130th birth anniversary.

Addressing the inaugural session, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat said the NEP customises knowledge with skill to make a strong, prosperous and self-reliant India. Importance of educational institutions and educationists will be implementation of the NEP.

Acharya Devvrat said that it was Dr. Ambedkar who had envisioned equanimity in society as enshrined in the Constitution of India. The purpose of education is to encourage the individual’s latent talent, to naturally develop his skills. The NEP with freedom to study subject of one’s choice in own mother tongue is sure to catapult India into the league with developed nations. He urged the vice-chancellors attending the conference to implement NEP to make the nation self-reliant.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the NEP will build New India, will encourage research, preserve India’s ancient heritage and culture, promote national unity and integration and generate employment. He described AIU’s decision to discuss Dr. Ambedkar’s contribution in education as praiseworthy.

Congratulating BAOU, Gujarat’s only open university, for hosting the AIU annual conference, he said, it is a matter of pride. One concept of open universities is to help the socially neglected sections of society join the mainstream, training students in professional skills and impart education in moral values and culture. BAOU has set up a Task Force to implement NEP and a ‘Samrasta Peeth’. He called for continuously convening seminars and webinars on NEP to realise the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal praised Gujarat for setting up the Task Force and taking a lead in preparing the Gujarati version of NEP-2020. He said the world will remember 2020 as the year of implementing NEP-2020. The NEP will overhaul education’s perspective not only in India but the entire world. The world will look at India as a superpower of knowledge with implementation of New Education Policy.

He said the NEP actually defines the nation’s policy. The success of NEP will depend on the next phase of ‘reform-perform-transform’ through 5I’s – initiate, innovate, interact, involve and implement’.

Association of Indian Universities (AIU) President Tej Pratap, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman D. P. Singh, AIU General Secretary Pankaj Mittal, Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) Vice-Chancellor Ami Upadhyay also spoke on the occasion.

The Prime Minister released online four books prepared by Kishor Makwana on the life of Dr Ambedkar, titled ‘Vyakti Darshan’, ‘Jivan Darshan’, ‘Aayam Darshan’ and ‘Rashtra Darshan’. The Chief Minister had a word of praise for Kishor Makwana.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat