Union minister of education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ Credit: Twitter

Union Minister of education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Tuesday virtually inaugurated the National Education Day (Rashtriya Shiksha Diwas) organised by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s first education minister Maulana Abu lKalam Azad.

The education minister was the chief guest and Dr K Kasturirangan, former chairman, ISRO and chairman of the committee for drafting the New Education Policy (NEP) was the guest of honour.

Inaugurating the National Education Day programme, Pokhriyal in his address said “Through ‘Study in India, Stay in India and Internationalization of Education’, we are committed to establishing India as a global hub of education. To ensure high quality of education, it is also necessary that we move forward with cooperation, coordination and agreement with the leading universities of the world. This has been incorporated in NEP 2020 by inviting Top 100 World Universities to set up campus in India.”

Pokhriyal highlighted that IIT Bombay is a leading global technological institution that provides transformative education to create leaders and innovators, and generates new knowledge for society and industry. “The implementation of NEP-2020 will transform the education system of the country,” he added.

Director of IIT Bombay Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri gave away the IIT Bombay Research Excellence Awards 2019.

Pokhriyal congratulated all the awardees for their dedicated work to take research and development in India to greater heights. He appealed to students to use science and technology for the benefit of the people of India, and asked them to contribute in the nation building initiatives as ‘we are the world’s biggest nation in terms of human capital’.

The inauguration was followed by a workshop on NEP 2020. The workshop included talks by Prof. B. N. Jagatap, IIT Bombay, Dr.Jaitirth ‘Jerry’ Rao, entrepreneur, Founder of VBHC and HFFC, and Prof. Dhruba J. Saikia, TIFR, ex-VC, Cotton College State University.

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