Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with directors of centrally-funded technical institutions and stressed on the need to adapt higher and technical education to the changing environment and emerging challenges.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, PM Modi noted that technological and R&D institutions will play a major role in the upcoming decade, which, he added, is also being called as “India’s Techade”.
Interacting with over 100 heads of institutions via video-conferencing, PM Modi highlighted the need to focus on developing futuristic solutions in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture, defense, and cyber technologies.
He also lauded the research and development work done by these institutions towards meeting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and appreciated the efforts of young innovators towards providing quick technological solutions.
In a tweet, PM Modi later said, “Had an enriching interaction with Directors of leading IITs and @iiscbangalore during which we exchanged thoughts on a wide range of subjects including making India a hub for R&D, innovation and popularising science among the youth.”
Emphasising the need to adapt to changing environment and emerging challenges, PM Modi said this requires the institutions to reinvent and reevaluate themselves, develop alternative and innovative models in accordance with the present and future needs of the country and society.
He stressed that the country’s higher educational and technical institutions need to prepare the youth for continuous disruptions and changes, keeping in mind the fourth industrial revolution, the PMO said.
He underlined the need to progress towards education models that are flexible, seamless, and are able to provide learning opportunities according to the requirements of the learners. He said that access, affordability, equity, and quality should be the core values of such education models.
News Source: NDTV News