The past two years have brought disruption to the education sector due to digital transformation, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, said at the India Summit. on Education 2022. “The pandemic has impacted the lives of students who will be decision makers in the next 25 years. Their founding journey has been severely impacted by the global pandemic,” he added.
Pradhan added that the challenge is to empower the next 500 million students. “Around 35 million Indians come under formal or informal education. For India to become a superpower in the 21st century, we will need to increase our gross enrollment rate (GER). Our professional and skills network will need to become ambitious. The number of students in school in India is about 25 crore, tertiary students are about four crore, and the vocational and skills education ecosystem is about four crore.
At the summit, Pradhan also highlighted how people in Tier 2, Tier 3 and beyond cities are innovators in their own way. “53 million young people are the future. Their economic productivity will increase once they are well informed and educated. They will have to become employers to make an entrepreneurial economy.
He further added that India is the growth center of the 21st century. “Students who go abroad will complement our economy and our knowledge. It’s not a brain drain. When they get the chance, they will contribute here,” he added.
Talking about the role of languages, he pointed out that if different languages add to economic opportunities, diplomatic network and marketing; for manufacturing and critical innovation – local conventional knowledge and native language are key. “The National Education Policy (NEP) has placed special emphasis on the mother tongue, which will lead to the production of critical thinking,” he said.