President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday that the Centre’s New Education Policy (NEP) will help establish the country as a “knowledge superpower” and get global recognition for talents of students. The HRD Ministry is in process of giving final shape to the NEP and the final draft is likely to be placed before the cabinet soon. “The New Education Policy is to establish India as a ‘knowledge super power’ so the whole world recognizes the immense talent of the students of the country,” Kovind said in his convocation address at the Jamia Millia Islamia.
The convocation ceremony was held as a part of three-day celebrations of the university’s 99th Foundation Day. During the three-day celebrations, the university will host several competitions such as street theatre, business idea generation and cultural programmes.
Echoing his view, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “The policy will lay the formation stone of new India and will provide technical, scientific and job-oriented education to girls, minorities and under-privileged sections of the society.” A new education policy was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto ahead of the 2014 general election. The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992.
“Jamia has already adopted four villages as per the HRD Ministry’s scheme and the students contribute to these villages. I want you to explore the possibility of adopting more villages and guide students to take development initiatives there,” Kovind said.