To mark the first anniversary of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, a webinar on the theme ‘Impact of National Education Policy, 2020 on Youth Empowerment and Sports Development’ was organized today by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Singh Thakur delivered his keynote address on the occasion as a chief guest. Minister of State for YAS, Shri NisithPramanik gave special address at the webinar.
The occasion was also graced by the presence of notable speakers including, Chairman of UGC Prof. DP Singh, Founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) &Member, Capacity Building CommissionDr. R. Balasubramaniam, Director of IIM RohtakProf. Dheeraj Sharma, Director of RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, TNProf. Sibnath Deb,Vice Chancellor of National Sports University, ManipurShri. R.C. Mishra, Professor and Head of Department of Political Science, Delhi UniversityDr. (Prof.) Sangit Ragi, Secretary of Department of Sports Shri Ravi Mital, Secretary of Department of Youth Affairs Smt. Usha Sharma,Joint Secretary of Department of Youth AffairsShri Asit Singh and Joint Secretary (Development) Department of Sports Shri Atul Singh.
During his address Shri Anurag Singh Thakur said, “The NEP 2020 will make India’s youth future ready and aims to transform India into the world’s largest skilled workforce. New Education Policy envisions the holistic development of India’s youth with emphasis on skill development as the determining factor to realise the objectives of Atmanirbhar Bharat, as envisioned by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Even the students of middle level shall be exposed to hands on training in vocational skills like carpentry, plumbing, electrical repairing, horticulture, pottery, embroidery amongst other skills.The policy has set the target of providing vocational skills to at least 50 per cent students by 2025 in such a way that the vocational skills acquired at school level may be further extended up to higher education level.We are empowering our youth to transform from job seekers to job creators by inculcating an entrepreneurial spirit. We are also using the power of sports to provide a holistic educational experience to our youth; it will build team spirit and mental agility.”
Minister of State for YAS, Shri NisithPramanik said that Youth in India comprise young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years, which is, currently over 27.5% of the entire country’s population, approximately one out of every four people in the country. India is the youngest country, which is going to witness change. National Education Policy 2020 will work to empower the youth.NEP 2020 along with education also promotes sports. It gives opportunities to the students to stay fit and also help in their mental, intellectual and social development.
During the webinar panel of experts discussed following issues:
- Holistic and multidisciplinary education for youth
- Flexibility, interest as well as aptitude-oriented education for youth
- Equity and inclusion in higher education for bringing marginalized youth in the mainstream
- Online and digital education for youth for employability and career growth
- Minimizing dropout rates among youth and ensuring universal access to education at all levels for youth
- Professional education for youth.