Karnataka first state to implement new national education policy in country,new R&D, digitisation policies- Basavaraj S Bommai

Thomas (Special correspondent)

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai today said that the Government will launch Research and Development Policy to have synergy between the R&D institutes in the State, Educational Institutions and the Industry to encourage research and development in higher education.

In his address during launch of National Educational Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) in the State and inauguration of admission process for higher education for the year 2021-22, Unified University and College Manangement System, felicitation to those who formulated NEP 2020, Chief Minister said that, the new NEP 2020 gives thrust to Research and Development.

There is no better place than Karnataka in R&D sector and there are more than 180 internationally acclaimed R&D centers in the State.

Envisaging synergy between educational institutions and these R& D centers and the industry, Government will evolve R & D Policy he explained.

Chief Minister described this day as liberation day.As schools and colleges reopened today, they are liberated from Covid and with launch of NEP 2020, they are liberated from the stagnant educational system and policy, he said.

Explaining the features of NEP, he said that this policy gives confidence and creates opportunity for students to explore their talents in various fields.

He also said that he is very well aware of the challenges ahead in implementing the NEP, but expressed full confidence of successfully implementing the policy in the State.

Digitisation plays a crucial role in education today apart from business and governance.Therefore Government will bring out Digitisation Policy to enhance network connectivity in each village.

Regarding Primary and Secondary Education, implementation of NEP would be launched in Kalaburagi after setting up Primary and Secondary Education Council shortly.

Union Minister of Education,Skill Development and Entrepreneurship,Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated Karnataka for being the first State to launch NEP 2020 in the country. He said that NEP should bring accessibility, equity and quality in the education system.

Higher Education Minsiter Dr. CN. Ashwathnarayan said that, the NEP is a step to set right the shortcomings in the education system and it has brought in convergence of education and skill and quality in the new education system.

He called upon all the teachers and Vice Chancellers of Universities to dedicate themselves for the successful implementation of NEP in the State.

Primary and Secondary education Minister,B.C. Nagesh assured that the Government will implement the recommendations of the task force for implementation of NEP appropriately in Primary and Secondary education.

Dr. Kasturirangan,Chairman of the Committee that formulated NEP,advised to minimise the challenges with guidance from experts and implement NEP in the State.

Vice President of Karnataka Higher Education Council Prof. Thimmegowda and other dignitaries were present during the launch.