In a landmark address at the “Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam,” commemorating the third anniversary of the National Education Policy (NEP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the policy’s commitment to respecting and acknowledging every language in the country. He sternly warned against the politicization of language for selfish gains, stating that those attempting to do so would find their endeavors thwarted.
One of the core principles of the NEP, as highlighted by the Prime Minister, is moving away from evaluating students based on their language proficiency and, instead, recognizing their capabilities. He termed this shift as a profound step towards social justice and equality in the Indian education system.
PM Modi acknowledged the significance of local languages and drew attention to how many developed countries have leveraged their native tongues to gain a competitive edge. Despite India’s diverse linguistic landscape, he lamented that indigenous languages have often been unfairly associated with backwardness, leading to the neglect of talent among those not fluent in English. The NEP aims to change this perception and empower students from rural areas and beyond.
Further, the Prime Minister emphasized that the NEP facilitates teaching various subjects, including social sciences and engineering, in Indian languages. He expressed confidence that this approach would allow students to unleash their true potential without constraints.
Underlining India’s growing stature on the global stage, PM Modi highlighted that the world views the country as a reservoir of opportunities. He mentioned several countries approaching the Indian government to set up Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses, with IIT campuses already set to commence operations in Tanzania and Abu Dhabi. Additionally, several international universities are keen on establishing campuses in India, affirming the country’s position as a hub of research and innovation.
नई National Education Policy से अब देश की हर भाषा को बढ़ावा मिलेगा। इससे भाषा की राजनीति करके अपनी नफरत की दुकान चलाने वालों का भी शटर डाउन हो जाएगा। pic.twitter.com/1jsBEfyB6J
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 29, 2023
Notably, the Prime Minister reiterated the NEP’s equal emphasis on traditional knowledge systems and cutting-edge technology. This balanced approach seeks to position India as a frontrunner in educational development. During the event, PM Modi released the first instalment of funds under the PM SHRI scheme, which aims to nurture students for active participation in building an inclusive and harmonious society, in line with the NEP’s vision.
In a move to promote linguistic diversity, the Prime Minister also unveiled education and skill curriculum books translated into 12 Indian languages. The two-day Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam, held at Bharat Mandapam at the old Pragati Maidan, witnessed inspiring discussions and initiatives that set India on the path to becoming an education powerhouse with a focus on holistic learning and sustainability.