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Jammu & Kashmir must become an education and innovation hub: President Kovind

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said determined efforts should be made to make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of knowledge, innovation, and learning by implementing National Education Policy 2020 in letter and spirit.

Appreciating the scholarly pursuits of the region, the President said these steps would make Jammu and Kashmir once again a “Firdaus on earth, a bright jewel in the crown of Mother India” as it was referred to in the medieval age.

“My dream is to see Jammu and Kashmir emerge as a center of knowledge, enterprise, innovation, and skill development,” he told a conference on implementation of NEP in Jammu and Kashmir which he addressed through a video message.

Underlining the importance of NEP, the President noted India’s unprecedented demographic dividend that could be positively realized only if the majority of the young become skilled, professionally competent, and above all educated in the real sense. Reposing faith in the children of Jammu and Kashmir, he said the union territory “is a reservoir of extremely intelligent, talented and innovative children” and implementation of NEP 2020 would produce students with “ignited minds”, an official release here said.

While emphasizing on value-based education, President Kovind said, ‘It is important to understand our
tradition and rich cultural heritage which can be achieved only in our mother tongue’, he observed that
the three-language formula envisioned in this policy was of immense significance and could promote
multilingualism as well as national unity but at the same time no language will be imposed on any state
or union territory.

The conference is being attended by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Vice-Chancellors of Universities and Principals of Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir as well as other stakeholders in Srinagar today.

The NEP, he said, focuses on ensuring accessibility, equality, affordability, accountability, and quality
in education and the emphasis on vocational education will be helpful in achieving the goal of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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