Shift From ‘What to Think’ to ‘How to Think’: PM Modi on NEP 2020

PM Modi said that NEP is aimed at making present and upcoming generations ‘future ready’

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Praising the recently introduced National Education Policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, 7 August, said the programme marks a shift from focusing on 'What to think' to 'How to think'.

Addressing a conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education, the PM added that the new policy lays emphasis “on inquiry-based, discovery-based, and analysis-based ways to help children learn.”

PM Modi said that little or no change in India’s education policy over the years had given rise to what he called was a ‘herd mentality’.

“There were no major changes in our education system in past few years. It caused our society to encourage herd mentality, instead of curiosity, and imagination. How can youth develop critical and innovative ability if there’s no passion in our education, no purpose of education?”
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

The PM also said he was happy to note that “no section of the country reported any bias” after the NEP was introduced.

Further, he said that “every country goes ahead by connecting its education system to its national values and reforming it as per its national goals.” NEP’s goal, he said, is to make present and future generations 'future ready'.

“National Education Policy is being discussed across the nation today. People from different fields and ideologies are giving their views and reviewing the Policy. It's a healthy debate. The more it is done, the more it will be beneficial to the education system of the country,” PM Modi added.

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