Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday called on the industry to collaborate with institutes outside IITs to build capacity in research, development and innovation.
Pradhan made the remarks in his speech at the national council meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
“Our NITs, colleges and universities are bursting with talent and tremendous capacity. The industry should collaborate not only with IITs, but also with institutions outside of IITs to build capacity in research and development and innovation,” he said. “Our wealth creators must play an important role in developing the workforce of the 21st century I call on the industry to create a supportive ecosystem in line with the spirit of the NEP (National Education Policy) 2020,” said the minister.
Pradhan said that by creating the right demand for knowledge, investing more in research and development and focusing on reskilling and upskilling the existing workforce, industry members can contribute to creating a more vibrant workforce and building a the future of India.
He stressed that industry, academia and policymakers must work together to create a future-proof workforce for the 21st century and drive economic growth and social prosperity.
Pradhan called the NEP a “philosophical document” and said it is in progress. “From early childhood through higher education and skills development, we work to ensure holistic learning at all levels,” he said.
He said an education system should break down barriers and empower students. “We are introducing education in mother tongue and local languages to make the education ecosystem more inclusive,” said the minister.