Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu urges states to implement New Education Policy

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday called on all states to implement the National Education Policy 2020 with missionary zeal to bring about transformation in the learning and teaching ecosystem.

He also said the NEP is a visionary document that aimed to usher in much-needed reforms in the education sector to meet the demands of the 21st century, he said.

The NEP 2020 places special emphasis on vocational, pre-primary and primary education, improving the quality of education, creative use of technology and flexibility and excellence in higher studies, said Naidu who was on a two-day visit to Sikkim.

He practically laid the foundation stone for Kanchendzonga State University in Tarku in South Sikkim from Samman Bhawan in the capital.

Naidu commended the government of Sikkim for its efforts to implement the NEP and set up the State Education Reform Commission headed by Prime Minister Prem Singh Tamang.

He praised the Himalayan state for achieving the highest gross enrollment ratio (GER) of 75.8 percent in higher studies according to data from the All India Survey of Higher Education.

The establishment of Kanchendzonga State University is another step towards NEP implementation, he said, adding that it will provide quality education and skills for students to find employment.

Naidu expressed the hope that Sikkim will soon become a “center of education” in the northeastern region.

The vice president also interacted with a group of students from Sikkim who had recently been evacuated from war-stricken Ukraine. He expressed his happiness that the students, who were stranded in the conflict zone, were able to reach Sikkim safely with the active coordination between the Center and the state government.

The students shared their experiences in war-torn Ukraine with Naidu, Governor Ganga Prasad, the Prime Minister and other Raj Bhawan dignitaries.

The vice president was also made aware of several problems faced by the students in Ukraine after Russia attacked the Eastern European country.

He was very interested in the well-being of the students and inquired about their academic problems.

Earlier in the day, Naidu arrived here and was received at the Libing helipad by the governor and the CM, among others.

Sajal Jain
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