Highlights:

  • PM Modi addressed the nation-wide competition, Smart India Hackathon 2020 virtually
  • PM talked about National Education Policy 2020 and interacted with students
  • NEP2020 will provide enjoyment to students, providing an academic bank of credit.
  • By 2035, it is aimed to increase the gross enrolment ratio to 50% in higher education

Today, PM Shri Narendra Modi has addressed Smart India Hackathon 2020 virtually. It is a nation-wide competition organized by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). He said that from decades, India has always provided extraordinary scientists, technicians, technology enterprise leaders, etc. But in the 21st century, PM said that we have to increase our pace to change India at a greater speed, and thus, an ecosystem of innovation, progress, research, design, and enterprise has been made by the govt.

Competing for the pace of the 21st century, Modi emphasizes the importance of quality education involving the Pradhan Mantri e-Vidya Program, Atal Innovation Mission, scholarships, etc. He mentioned the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is framed to match the aspirations of the youth of the 21st century of India. NEP2020 will provide great flexibility to the students where they will get multiple provisions of entries and exits.  

He stated that job seekers will become job creators, giving a vital mantra to students and said, “never stop 3 things in life- learning, questioning and solving.” Prime Minister pointed NEP2020 as a way to shift the burden of school bags to the boon of learning that helps the life from simply memorizing to critical thinking.

Additionally, NEP2020 will also develop various Indian languages with the change in the education system that will not only enhance India’s knowledge but will also increase the unity. Narendra Modi also interacted with students to enquire about their projects that ranged from the embankment to women’s hygiene products to crime detection techniques. A huge competition was accorded this year with over 4.5 lakhs entries. 

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