NEW DELHI, Aug 7 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the new National Education Policy (NEP) is not just a circular and its implementation will be like a mahayagya which will need strong determination and collective efforts from all stakeholders.
Referring to the policy as the foundation of the �new India�, he said the NEP focusses on �how to think�, while the country�s education system so far emphasised on �what to think�.
�The new education policy is not just a circular. The job doesn�t end with the notification of the policy, it has to be successfully implemented, for which a strong determination is needed from everyone. This is like a mahayagya for building the present and future of the country,� Modi said.
He made the remarks while delivering the inaugural address at the �Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy� via a video link.
The conclave is being organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
�The NEP has given rise to a healthy debate and the more we discuss and debate the more it will benefit the education department. It is palpable that questions will arise on how this huge plan will be implemented. We all will together implement it,� the Prime Minister said.
�Each one of you is directly involved in the implementation of the NEP. In terms of political will, I am totally committed and with you,� he said.
�A new round of dialogue and coordination with universities, colleges, school education boards, different States, different stakeholders is about to start from here. I am confident that in this conclave, better suggestions, effective solutions will come out regarding effective implementation of NEP,� he added.
�Till now, we have focussed on what to think, but NEP 2020 focuses on how to think.
�At a time when there is a flood of information and content, it is important that we know which information is necessary and which is not. We need inquiry-based, discovery-based, and analysis-based modes of teaching. This will increase the interest to learn and participate in class,� he said.
The NEP, which was approved by the Union Cabinet at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister last week, replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986. � PTI