Noting that the second biggest focus after health in this year’s budget is on education, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the budget further expanded the efforts made to link Education with Employability and Entrepreneurial Capabilities over the years.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing a webinar on effective implementation of Budget provisions regarding the Education sector on March 3.
Modi called for a better synergy between colleges and Universities. He said that India was number three among countries in the top in terms of scientific publications, PhD scholars and start-up ecosystem. India joined the top 50 ranks in Global Innovation Index, he said. The Prime Minister said that students and young scientists are getting new opportunities with the constant focus on higher education, research and innovation.
Noting that confidence of the youth of the country is important to build a self-reliant India, Modi said, “Confidence comes only when the youth has complete faith in their education and knowledge. Confidence comes only when they realize that their studies are giving them the opportunity,” he said. The new Education Policy was made with this thinking, he added. . He stressed the need to implement all the provisions of the National Education Policy from pre-nursery to PhD and said that that budget will help in this regard.
Noting that a new tradition of Hackathons for start-ups is being created in the country, Mod sad that more than 3500 start-ups are nurtured through the National Initiative for developing and harnessing innovation.
The prime Minister said that more than 100 percent increase in Biotechnology research was indicative of the Government’s priorities. He called for increasing the scope of Biotechnology research in the service of food, nutrition and agriculture. He emphasized the need for mapping of skill sets and preparing the youth accordingly through adoption of best practices inviting international campuses and industry ready skill up gradation