Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the new National Education Policy focuses on ‘how to think’, while the education system till now in the country emphasised on ‘what to think’.
He also said that there were no major changes in the country’s education system over the years. As a result, instead of promoting values of curiosity and imagination, herd mentality was being encouraged.
The prime minister made these remarks while delivering the inaugural address at the Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’ via video link.
Narendra Modi said it is a matter of happiness that after the introduction of the National Education Policy, no region or section has said that it has any kind of bias, or is leaning towards one side.
There is a lot of emphasis on teacher training in the National Education Policy, he pointed out.
The conclave was organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and University Grants Commission.
The conclave was attended by Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, former ISRO chief, who also headed the committee which drafted the NEP, and vice-chancellors of several universities. The new policy proposed sweeping changes in school and higher education.