“If we want to make NEP a success, we must make it accessible to every child across the state. Digitalisation is important for education for which we will bring a new digitization policy,” he said while launching NEP in Karnataka, making it the first state to do so. For.
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He said broadband networking would be made available in every village for which he sought the help of technocrats and academics. “The way you have formulated the NEP, you have to help create the digitization policy,” Bomai said. He said under the digitization policy, degree level students will be given an iPad.
The Chief Minister further said that a Primary and Secondary Education Council will be launched from Kalaburagi, the district headquarters.
Bombay said there are about 1,100 research and development centers in Bangalore but regretted the lack of any communication with the students.
“There are more than 180 R&D centers in each sector in Bangalore but what is the connection between students and R&D centers? I want a combination between student and R&D centers,” he said.
“We will have a new research and development policy. Where else can this policy be formulated without Karnataka? This (R&D policy) is as important as the NEP,” he said.
Bombay said the R&D policy would reach every village, school and university.
Noting that universities have a leading role to play in the implementation of R&D policy, the Chief Minister said he wants every Kannada to be wise.
He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing about a fundamental change in education through NEP.
“Many people have ruled the country but only a few have dared to make a fundamental change in the system, which could make the country a world leader. The NEP shows the foresight of our Prime Minister to free the education system from silo,” Bomai said.
The Chief Minister said the existing education system drags a child to the brink of life and does not allow him to explore his talents in painting, music, athletics and other fields.
“But NEP is free from structural policy,” Bomai said.
Acknowledging that the implementation of NEP will be a challenge, it has always been difficult to bring new changes, Bombay said, adding that he is hopeful that NEP will be implemented successfully in Karnataka.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was present at the function, praised Karnataka and set an example for other states to follow.
He said NEP is for three to two year olds.
Former ISRO Chairman Dr KK Kasturirangan, who was the Chairman of the National Committee on Education Policy formulating NEP-2020, Karnataka Higher Education Minister Dr CN CN Ashwath Narayan and Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh also spoke on the occasion.
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