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Draft National Education Policy 2019 studied
Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, July 22 2019: Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam has said that education is the only means to realize the dream of a new India, transforming India into a strong nation and Discussion on Draft National Education Policy, 2019, is the means to refine and redefine the education policy of the country to pave way for a better education system in the country.

The Minister was speaking at a one day discussion session on Draft National Education Policy, 2019, which was jointly organised by Directorate of University and Higher Education, Manipur and Intellectual Forum of North East (IFNE) at Classic Royale Hall, Imphal.

Citing survey reports that a student commits suicide every hour in the country because of pressure and the prevailing education system, the Minister highlighted the issue of high rate of suicide cases in the country due to pressure from parents and peer groups.

He said that as per definition, education is meant to bring forward what is best for the children and not to pressurize or be demanding towards the students.

Education is not just to get jobs but to live and to let others lead a good life.

The main player in education is the teacher who will bring out the best as well as identify the weaknesses in the education and its system, he said, urging the gathering to retrospect on how amendments can be made to strengthen the education policy and the system.

Director of University and Higher Education W Malemnganba Chenglei said that it is the need of the hour to draft the new education policy, with the rapid changes witnessed in the technological field.

He said that the Draft National Education Policy, 2019, defines different aspects to improve the educational landscape of the country and added that the draft emphasizes on critical thinking, communication skill and understanding India's social, moral and ethical values.

Chairman of NIOS, Prof CB Sharma stated that the draft policy need to have more diverse views that should be able to change and shape the country towards positivity.

He pointed out that school education need to be given more emphasis and stressed on the need to address the critical issue of suicide cases of young students.

He said that draft education policy need to bring a policy to curb the mushrooming of coaching centres and migration of university professors to institutions which pay higher.

The session was attended by Deans, Professors, teachers and students.


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