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NEP 2020 Expected To Promote India As Global Education Hub: Indian Foreign Secretary Shringla

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, on November 12, said that India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 focuses on promoting India as a global destination for students by providing top-quality education at economical prices, adding that over 50,000 students from 164 countries are currently taking classes in Indian universities, with the number expected to rise in the coming years.

In his speech at the Diplomatic Conclave on Higher Education hosted by Chandigarh University, he paraphrased Prime Minister Modi as saying that India is capable of supplying talent and technology to the world. One of the fundamental aspects of the New Education Policy, according to Shringla, is to offer the necessary policy framework to nurture and advance the ecosystem, and this will be one of MEA’s leading duties in the coming years.

According to Shringla, the NEP allows international universities to establish campuses in India, which can be a win-win situation for both students and the sector as a whole. The NEP also allows international universities to discover collaborations with Indian universities to establish teaching, learning, and research programs through micro hubs on Indian university campuses, rather than building a full-fledged campus.

The minister believes that innovative types of partnership, such as dual degree programs and online degrees and credits, will expand chances for international universities in India without requiring them to establish a campus. “Partnerships between Indian universities and foreign universities will be mutually beneficial,” he added, adding that India has Educational Exchange Programmes/Memorandums of Understanding with more than 50 nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. These include agreements with the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

India has educational partnership networks with a variety of international organizations and multilateral/ plurilateral agencies, including UNESCO, BRICS, SAARC, India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA), East Asia Summit, ASEAN, Indian Ocean Rim Association, OECD, and the European Union. The requirements and realities of the fourth industrial revolution, as well as emerging post-pandemic situations, are addressed in India’s National Education Policy.

Rather than establishing a new facility for a related or even innovatively connected sub-discipline, a university or technical institution may find it advantageous to collaborate with another university. Previously in his speech, the minister stated that education, particularly higher education, is critical to the world because it establishes a post-pandemic, 21st-century-ready economic and developmental pathway based on knowledge.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who was also a part of the gathering stated that the new National Education Policy (NEP) will propel India’s education system to new horizons. The minister, who also heads the Skill Development Ministry, spoke about India’s incredible strength as the world’s knowledge centre and the role of education in defining the country’s place in the post-Covid new world order.

“Enabling policy structure in the form of National Education Policy 2020, quality educational institutions, societal inclusivity with multiculturalism and focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and internationalization will drive India’s education system to newer heights,” Pradhan said in his address at the diplomatic conclave organized by the Chandigarh University.

Preparing global citizens and collaborating with common understanding to overcome common global challenges and achieve common goals, citing India’s age-old belief in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbukam”, is a major aim, said Dharmendra Pradhan.

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