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Dharmendra Pradhan launches NEAT 3.0 to empower ed-tech in India

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Union Minister for Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan launched NEAT 3.0, a single platform to provide the best-developed ed-tech solutions and courses to students of the country. He also launched AICTE prescribed technical books in regional languages.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that National Education Alliance for Technology (NEAT) will be a game-changer in bridging the digital divide, especially among the economically disadvantaged students and also in fulfilling the knowledge-based requirement of India and the world. He also informed that 58 global and Indian startup ed-tech companies are onboard NEAT and are offering 100 courses and e-resources for bettering learning outcomes, developing employable skills and overcoming learning loss. He is of the view that the e-content & resources and digital frameworks like NEAT are a step in the right direction in minimising learning loss.

The Minister encouraged AICTE to integrate courses in NEAT with skill India to tap the opportunities in emerging areas of skill to boost employability and prepare our youth for the future. He urged AICTE and ed-tech companies to offer e-resources at the least possible cost. Pradhan complimented the global ed-tech companies and Indian start-ups who are a part of NEAT 3.0. He said that all ed-techs are welcome to work with a collaborative approach for making education accessible and affordable. But, ed-techs must remember that there is no place for monopoly and exploitation, he added.

The Minister expressed his happiness that today, more than 12 lakh socially and economically disadvantaged students have received free ed-tech course coupons worth over ₹253 crores under NEAT 3.0. This is one of the biggest gifts to the student community from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the new year 2022… India will lead the global economy in the 21st century and will be the most preferred market for trade and economy, he added.

On technical books in regional languages, Pradhan said that our diverse languages are our strength and harnessing them is the key to building an innovative society. He further said that learning in regional languages will further develop the critical thinking capacity and enable our youth to become global citizens.

NEAT Overview

National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) is an initiative to provide the use of best-developed technological solutions in the education sector to enhance the employability of the youth on a single platform for learners’ convenience. These solutions use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for a personalised and customised learning experience for better learning outcomes and skill development in the niche areas. AICTE is acting as the facilitator in the process while ensuring that the solutions are freely available to a large number of socially and economically backward students. NEAT has 58 Education Technology Companies with 100 products that help to develop employable skills, capacity building, and bridge learning gaps.

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Secretary for Higher Education Sanjay Murthy; Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Prof M P Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE; Prof Rajiv Kumar, Member Secretary, AICTE and senior officials of the Education Ministry were present on the occasion.

(With inputs from PIB)

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