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NEP’s focus to produce job creators, not job seekers: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said the new National Education Policy (NEP) will mark a shift from the ‘burden of school bag’ to ‘experiential learning’ with focus on making ‘job creators’ instead of ‘job seekers’ in line with the aspirations of Indian youth in the 21st century.
Addressing the finale of the Smart India Hackathon, the PM said NEP 2020 will facilitate inter-disciplinary study to ensure that the focus in on what the students want to learn.
“It is not just a policy document but a reflection of the aspirations of over 130 crore people. A large section of students feel they are judged on the basis of subjects in which they have no interest… often there is pressure from friends and families and they start studying a particular subject without interest… This approach has made a section of the population literate but what they have studied is of no use to them,” Modi said.
He said the present century is an era of knowledge — a time to increasingly focus on learning, research and innovation. “This policy wants to make your school, college and university experience fruitful and broad-based,” said the PM, adding, “Among the most exciting things of the policy is the emphasis on multi-disciplinary study. One size does not fit all. One subject does not define who you are…Now, we have done away with some traditional boundaries between arts, science, commerce. If someone is interested, they can learn maths and music together, or coding and chemistry together. The focus is on what students want to learn, rather than what the student is expected to, by the society.”

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