PM Modi address to the nation today Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said introducing Indian sign language a as subject at secondary level will facilitate communication with hearing-and-speech impaired people while engineering education in regional languages will plug language divide among students in India. Addressing policymakers in the domain of education and skill development to mark one year of the National Education Policy 2020, Modi said new NEP assures youth that country is completely with them, supports their aspirations.
On Thursday, Modi launched the National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) and National Education Technology Forum (NETF). He also launched multiple initiatives in the education sector, including the academic bank of credit that will provide multiple entries and exit options for students in higher education besides first-year engineering programmes in regional languages and guidelines for internationalisation of higher education.The list of initiatives launched today also includes Vidya Pravesh, a three-month play-based school preparation module for Grade 1 students, Indian sign language as a subject at secondary level and NISHTHA 2.0, an integrated programme of teacher training designed by the NCERT.
The NEP proposed sweeping changes, including opening up of Indian higher education to foreign universities, dismantling of the UGC and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the introduction of a four-year multidisciplinary undergraduate programme with multiple exit options, and discontinuation of the MPhil programme.