New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the second biggest focus, after health, in this year’s budget is on education, skill, research and innovation. The PM said this while addressing a webinar on the effective implementation of budget provisions regarding the education sector on Wednesday.
The prime minister called for a better synergy between colleges and universities and talked about the emphasis placed in this budget on skill development, upgradation and apprenticeship.
According to the PM, this year’s budget has further expanded the efforts made to link education with employability and entrepreneurial capabilities over the years. He said India has joined the top 50 ranks in Global Innovation Index and is improving.
The Prime Minister said this is for the first time, the focus is on issues ranging from Atal Tinkering Labs in schools to Atal Incubation Centers in higher institutions. A new tradition of Hackathons for start-ups has been created in the country, which is becoming a huge force for both the youth and industry of the country.
PM Modi further informed that through the National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovation, more than 3500 start-ups are being nurtured. Similarly, under the National Super Computing Mission, three supercomputers — Param Shivay, Param Shakti and Param Bramha — have been set up in IIT-BHU, IIT-Kharagpur and IISER, Pune.
Talking about the new National Education Policy (NEP), the PM stressed the need for implementation of all the provisions of the National Education Policy from pre-nursery to PhD quickly and said that the Budget will be of immense help in this regard.