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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu urges states to implement NEP

Vice president M. Venkaiah Naidu has urged all states to implement the National Education Policy, or NEP, 2020 in letter and spirit, calling it a visionary document.

He said that the NEP lays special emphasis on pre-primary, primary and vocational education; improving the quality of teaching; teachers’ training; inclusion of technology; and flexibility and freedom in higher education.

Mr. Naidu said that the NEP will help in meeting the demands of the 21st century. The vice-president was speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of Sikkim’s, Khanchendzonga State University at Tarku, South Sikkim. The ceremony was conducted in the virtual mode from Samman Bhawan in Gangtok.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu hoped the new university will be an exemplar in imparting quality education. He appreciated Sikkim government’s initiatives including the constitution of the Sikkim Education Reforms Commission to implement NEP, 2020 as well as Sikkim’s gross enrolment ratio of 75.8 per cent at the higher education level, which is the highest in the country. He said that setting up of the new state university will be another step in Sikkim’s implementation of the NEP.

He said that such universities will not only provide quality education but also drive growth of the region by providing enormous opportunities for the youth. Mr Naidu also stressed on educational institutions’ global linkages in areas of research. The Vice President commended the state government’s efforts to make Sikkim an education hub in the North East region.

The vice president will interact with students and inaugurate a statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Raj Bhawan, Gangtok this evening.

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