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“NEP is built on foundational pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability & Accountability”

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Nishank holds virtual bilateral with UAE MoE

By Our Staff Reporter
New Delhi, 9 Dec: Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ held a virtual meeting with Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, the United Arab Emirates, today. Jameela AlMuhairi, Minister of State for Public Education; Dr Ahmed Abdul Rahman AlBanna, UAE Ambassador to India, were also present at the meeting. Secretary, Higher Education, Amit Khare, senior officials from Education Ministry and Ministry of Education of UAE also attended the meeting.
Minister Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi appreciated the National Education Policy- 2020. He said that the policy is a visionary document as it lays emphasis on holistic development of the students. He said that the education sector has the potential to take mutual cooperation to new heights and both the countries should work to increase long-term cooperation in the field of education.
Minister Pokhriyal said that India and UAE share a very strong and deep bilateral relationship and both sides have been working together to strengthen educational cooperation and collaboration. This meeting is being held with a view to further deepen our relations especially in the field of education by way of continuous dialogue and by enhancing active, interactive and long term collaborations at various levels, he added.
The Minister invited students from UAE to India under the Study in India Programme and invited more faculty to India for short-term courses in Indian universities under the GIAN programme.
Highlighting the National Education Policy, the Minister said it is a very forward looking policy which will change the entire education landscape of the country, making it more aligned to global systems. It keeps choice of the student at the centre, and has recommended flexibility in choice of subjects and fluidity between different streams, he added. The Minister stated that NEP is built on the foundational pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability. It will ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning for all, so that critical targets and SDG goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be achieved, he added.
He further highlighted that there is a lot of focus on internationalization of education. For giving impetus to this, it is planned to have a Foreign Students’ Office in each HEI hosting foreign students, Quality residential facilities, Improved overall Quality of Education, Reforms aligned to International Curricula, Regulations to allow Joint Degrees, Twinning Arrangements and Dual Degrees between Indian and Foreign institutions, etc. He also said that a Common Portal for admission to Indian universities with details of all courses is also being contemplated of.