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Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that the Centre has set a target of increasing the Gross Enrollment Ratio in higher education from 26 per cent to 50 per cent under National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and added that it will focus on opening more higher education institutions in the rural areas for the benefit of the girl child.
"India's much-awaited 'New Education Policy (NEP)', in spirit a harbinger of directional change and sectoral reforms, is expected to open fresh avenues for India's education sector in the 21st century. Particularly welcoming for the industry are its focus on the use of technology for seamless learning, holistic, multidisciplinary education from the under graduation level itself, institutional and academic autonomy as well as an independent National Research Foundation. The intent of spending six percent of GDP on education will make the defining change," said Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman & Co-Founder, NIIT Ltd & Founder, NIIT University about the New Education Policy 2020.
The National Education Policy (NEP), approved by the union cabinet on Wednesday, reflected sweeping reforms in school and higher education including teaching up to at least Grade 5 in "mother tongue or regional language" and a new 5+3+3+4 school curriculum with 12 years of schooling and three years of anganwadi or pre-schooling.
In a move that will provide a thrust to higher education initiatives in India, a bilateral programme with the UK aims to double the number of British students in the country by March 2021.
speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the issue of population explosion in the country and the need to address it. He added education as a means of both moderating the trend of rising population and making them productive as well. Development trends throughout history have shown that as literacy levels go up, fertility rate falls and economic growth is easier to achieve. The latter is due to the fact that with education, child progress takes place at a faster rate making the future generation of workforce more productive.
Experts in the education sector have hailed the announcement of "Study in India" programme by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to attract foreign students in the country. They also believe that the country has potential to become an education hub.