PM Modi Emphasises G-20’s Role in Harnessing Digital Technology for Education


In a virtual address to the G-20 education ministers’ meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the crucial role of G-20 countries in effectively navigating the opportunities and challenges presented by digital technology. He described digital technology as a force multiplier in expanding access to education and adapting to future needs.

During his speech, the Prime Minister emphasised the immense potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in the realms of learning, skill development, and education. He urged G-20 nations to leverage their respective strengths to promote research and innovation, particularly in the Global South, and encouraged increased collaboration in this domain.

PM Modi underscored the importance of continuous skilling, re-skilling, and up-skilling to equip the youth for the future. He emphasised that education not only forms the foundation of India’s civilization but also shapes humanity’s destiny.

Recognizing the significance of the G-20 education ministers’ meeting for the future of children and young people, PM Modi expressed satisfaction that the group had identified green transition, digital transformations, and women’s empowerment as key drivers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. He affirmed that education lies at the core of these efforts and anticipated an inclusive, action-oriented, and future-ready education agenda as the outcome of the meeting.

The Prime Minister also shed light on India’s commitment to research and innovation, citing the establishment of ten thousand ‘Atal Tinkering Labs’ across the country. These labs serve as nurturing grounds for research and innovation among school children, with over 7.5 million students currently engaged in more than 1.2 million innovative projects.

As he stressed the importance of aligning youth competencies with evolving work profiles and practices, PM Modi called for continuous skill mapping initiatives to bridge any existing gaps. He suggested that G-20 countries could undertake skill mapping at the global level to identify areas that require attention and improvement.

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