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Earmarking 6% of state’s GDP for education speaks of our intent to develop human resources: Assam CM

Assam Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the fact that the state has earmarked 6 percent of the state’s GDP for education is a book of the government’s intention to develop human resources.

Sarma attended a conference on the implementation of NEP 2020 in Assam as a follow-up to the Varanasi Conclave. The conference was organized by Raj Bhavan Assam in conjunction with the Higher Education Department, Government of Assam.

Sarma thanked Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi for taking the initiative in organizing the conclave on NEP, and informed that the state government will establish a State Research Foundation in accordance with the National Research Foundation as provided for in NEP-2020. Sarma shared his observation on the National Education Policy (NEP) at a conference on the implementation of NEP 2020 in Assam as a follow-up to the Varanasi conclave at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati, saying that the proposed Research Foundation expects innovative research with quantifiable Result.

Sarma said: “We are committed to implementing NEP 2020 for quality education improvement. The fact that we have reserved 6 percent of the state’s GDP for education speaks volumes about our intention to develop our human resources.” Outlining the state government’s plan and strategies for implementing NEP 2020, Sarma said that as part of NEP 2020, the government will take steps to enable higher education institutions to focus on experimental learning, involving cross-curricular pedagogy and holistic education are integrated with an emphasis on Indian knowledge system.

He also said the government is also establishing a holistic governance framework to cover academic matters with accountability, research and digitization. He also said that the higher education department will work with other related departments to develop skills and training modules to upskill the potential workforce for the industry according to the market requirements to help the students with the scope of the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurial enterprises .

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The Chief Minister also said his government has decided to establish four nano-incubation centers in Bongaigaon, Silchar, Dibrugarh and Tezpur to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship. To incentivize faculty members to perform better, the annual performance appraisal index will be introduced in the state. He also said that teachers will be trained in capacity building to help students “not only as teachers, but also as mentors and guides.” Moreover, the Chief Minister said that Assam has also taken a revolutionary measure of qualitative assessment regarding primary and secondary education in the form of Gunotsav.

Sarma also said the National Education Policy 2020 is part of the Prime Minister’s plan for a new and resurrected India. Replacing the 34-year-old National Education Policy of 1986, the NEP 2020 aims to pave the way for transformational reforms in the country’s school and higher education systems. He also said that all universities should include NEP 2020 components and create core committees to address varsity-specific issues for the implementation of NEP 2020 in Assam.


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