Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Budget 2022-23 will play a key role in implementing the New Education Policy on the ground.
Addressing a webinar arranged by the Ministry of Education and Skill Development. he said, “This Budget will help in implementing National Education Policy. National Digital University is an unprecedented step. The problem of shortage of seats can be resolved. There will be unlimited seats. I urge all stakeholders to ensure digital uni-starts as soon as possible.”
PM Modi emphasized the importance of the young generation in the process of nation-building. “Empowering our youth who are future nation builders, is empowering India’s future.”
The Prime Minister elaborated on the five aspects that were highlighted in the Budget. Firstly, key decisions have been taken for the universalization of quality education, i.e., expansion of education with improved quality along with enhanced capabilities of the education sector. Secondly, attention has been given to skill development. The focus is on creating a digital skill ecosystem, skill development as per the industry demand, and better industry linkages.
Thirdly, the inclusion of India’s ancient experience and knowledge of urban planning and designing into education is important. Fourthly, internationalization has been emphasized. This involves the arrival of world-class foreign universities and encouragement of institutions of GIFT City getting Fintech-related institutes.
Finally, focus on Animation Visual Effects Gaming Comic (AVGV) where there is huge potential for employment and there is a big global market. “This Budget will help a great deal in realizing the National Education Policy,” he said.
The Prime Minister explained how recent changes in the budgetary process are turning the Budget into a tool of transformation. He asked the stakeholders to implement the Budget provisions seamlessly on the ground. He said that by advancing the Budget presentation by one month in recent times, it is being ensured that when it is implemented from April 1, all preparation and discussion is already undertaken.
He asked the stakeholders to ensure optimum outcomes from the Budget provisions. “In the context of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and national education, this is the first Budget which we want to implement quickly for laying down the foundation of the Amrit Kaal,” he said.
“Budget is not just an account of statistics. Budget, if implemented properly, can bring great transformation even with limited resources,” he said.
PM Modi said that education in the direction of sign language is also being improved continuously. He said that digital connectivity kept our education system alive in this time of the global pandemic and the country is witnessing how the digital divide is rapidly shrinking in India. “Innovation is ensuring our inclusion,” he added.
Speaking on International Mother Language Day, the PM said that education in the mother tongue is related to the mental development of children. The teaching of medical and technical education in local languages has started in many states. The webinar was part of the new practice of discussion and dialogue with the stakeholders before and after the Budget.