Modi interacts with Directors of Centrally-Funded Technical Institutions
New Delhi, July 8, 2021
Expressing appreciation for the efforts of young innovators towards providing quick technological solutions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed the need to progress towards education models that are flexible, seamless and able to provide learning opportunities as per the requirements of the learners.
Interacting with the Directors of Centrally funded Technical Institutions through video conference, the Prime Minister said, “Our technological and R&D institutions will play a major role in the upcoming decade -- India’s Techade”.
More than 100 Heads of Institutions attended the interaction where Modi also lauded the R&D work done by these institutions towards meeting the challenges posed by COVID.
“There is a need to adapt higher education and technical education to keep in tune with the changing environment and emerging challenges. 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. Our higher educational and technical institutions need to prepare our youth for continuous disruptions and changes, keeping in mind the fourth industrial revolution,” he said.
The Prime Minister underlined the need to progress towards education models that are flexible, seamless, and able to provide learning opportunities as per the requirements of the learners. Access, affordability, equity and quality should be the core values of such education models.
He commended the improvement in the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education in the past few years and emphasized that digitization of higher education can play a big role in increasing GER. The students will have easier access to good quality and affordable education. He also lauded the various initiatives taken by the institutions to increase digitization such as that of online bachelor and master degree programmes.
“We need to develop an ecosystem of technological education in Indian languages and translate global journals into regional languages. The ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ will form the basis of dreams and aspirations of India in the coming 25 years when we celebrate 100 years of Independence.
“It is important there is good quality infrastructure in higher educational institutions to ensure that products associated with Artificial Intelligence, smart wearables, augmented reality systems, and digital assistants reach the common man. We should focus on affordable, personalized and AI-driven education.
During the interaction, Prof Govindan Rangarajan of IISc Bangalore, Prof Subhasis Chaudhuri of IIT Bombay, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi of IIT Madras, and Prof Abhay Karandikar of IIT Kanpur, gave presentations to the Prime Minister and highlighted various ongoing projects, academic work and new research being done in the country.
The Prime Minister was apprised about the COVID-related research that encompasses developing new techniques for testing, the vaccine development efforts, indigenous oxygen concentrators, Oxygen generators, Cancer Cell Therapy, Modular hospitals, Hotspot prediction and Ventilators production. He was also informed about efforts in the fields of Robotics, Drones, Online education and Battery technology. Several new academic courses, especially the online courses were being developed as per the changing nature of the economy and technology.
Union Education Minister and Ministers of State for Education were also present during the interaction.