In the inaugural address at the Centre’s Shiksha Parv 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed teachers, students and stakeholders today. The ‘Shikshak Parv 2021’ is organised by the Ministry of Education to honour the contribution of teachers, especially in ensuring the continuity of education amid the pandemics. The celebration began on September 5 on the account of National Teachers’ Day and will continue till September 17. The Shiksha Parv focuses on recognition of the valuable contributions of teachers and to the transformation in education ongoing in the country with the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
Commencing his address, the PM congratulated all the teachers who have received the National Award this year. “The contribution that our teachers have made for the future of the students in the country in difficult times is incomparable, commendable,” said PM Modi.
He said, “From the constitution of NEP to its implementation, there has been an immense and valuable contribution of academicians, experts, teachers, at every step… Further, we need to take this participation to a new height and we also have to engage the society in it.”
Informing about the various schemes launched the PM told, “Today on Shiksha Parv a lot of schemes have been rolled out. These initiatives are important as the country is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The initiatives today will play a key role in shaping the future of India. Vidyanjali 2.0, Nishtha 3.0, Talking Books and Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary are some of the new initiatives launched today. Also, we’ve launched the School Quality Assurance and Assessment Framework (SQAAF). These will not only make the education system globally competitive but it will also make our youth future-ready.”
Throwing light on the Vidyanjali initiative of the Centre, PM Modi said, “Vidyanjali 2.0 is a portal for facilitating the education volunteers, donors and CSR contributors for school development. It is the platform for the country to work towards ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ with Sabka Prayas.”
PM Modi, further said, “The government is dedicatedly bringing working to transform education in the country and is bringing vibrant changes. Also, we welcome the private sector to come forward and contribute their bit.”
Addressing the digital shift after the COVID pandemic occurred, the PM said, “We have seen the potential of our education system, especially in this troubled time of the COVID pandemic. We have seen a rapid shift to digital to ensure the continuity of education. And, I extend my heartiest gratitude to our teachers for making it possible.”
During his address, the PM also spoke of N-DEAR – National Digital Educational Architecture. He said that N-DEAR is going to be a key player in education as it will eliminate inequality. Just as the UPI interface has revolutionised the banking sector, N-DEAR will act as a super connect between all academic activities in the country.