5G will take education to next level: PM,says NEP will pull country out of English 'slave mentality' – Vartha Bharati

Adalaj, Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the 5G telecom service would take the education system in the country to the next level as the latest technology will go beyond “smart facilities, smart classrooms, and smart teachings”.
He also asserted that the New Education Policy (NEP) will pull the country out of the “slave mentality” surrounding the English language.
The prime minister was speaking after launching the Gujarat government’s Mission Schools of Excellence initiative at Adalaj town in Gandhinagar district.
He pointed out that knowledge of English was considered as the mark of being intellectual even though the English language is just a medium of communication.
The Mission will help strengthen education infrastructure in Gujarat by setting up new classrooms, smart classrooms, computer labs and overall upgradation of the infrastructure of schools in the state.
“Recently-launched 5G service will go beyond smart facilities, smart classrooms, and smart teachings. It will take our education system to the next level,” the prime minister said.
He said students can now experience virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and other cutting-edge technologies in their schools with the help of the 5G service.
The PM also advocated the use of local languages to make sure that those uncomfortable with English are not left behind.
“Earlier, knowledge of the English language was considered a criterion of being intellectual. In reality, the English language is just a medium of communication. This language barrier was a hindrance. Many young talents from villages could not become doctors and engineers because they were not well-versed in English,” he said.
The prime minister said youngsters now have the option to pursue studies in other languages.
“We aim to ensure that children of poor parents become doctors and engineers even if they are not educated in English (medium). We want to ensure that no one is left behind due to the lack of the English language,” Modi said, adding the “New Education Policy of the Centre will pull the country out from this slave mentality surrounding the English language”.
The prime minister said Gujarat has experienced a drastic change in the education scenario during the last two decades.
“During the last two decades, the Gujarat government has built 1.25 lakh new classrooms and inducted nearly 2 lakh teachers. Television sets were already installed in 15,000 classrooms a decade ago. Today, attendance of nearly one crore students and 4 lakh school teachers is being marked through online mode,” said Modi, who had served as the chief minister of Gujarat before becoming the prime minister in 2014.
Under the Mission Schools of Excellence, the state government will build 50,000 new classrooms and convert nearly 1 lakh existing classrooms of government-run schools into smart classrooms using 5G technology, the prime minister said.
“Using this technology, a teacher can impart real-time education to several schools in villages through online mode. Now, the best education and content will reach everyone. Students of villages will be benefited the most because of this initiative.” he said.
He said under the Mission, students will be prepared for competitive exams from a young age and also made aware of other subjects such as arts and robotics.
The PM recalled that as chief minister he had launched several schemes, such as ‘Shala Praveshotsav’ and ‘Gunotsav’- a festival focussing on the quality of education- to improve the education scenario in Gujarat.
Ahead of his address, the prime minister interacted with some youngsters who he said were admitted to the first standard of school in his presence at a village in Gujarat many years ago during the ‘Shala Praveshotsav’, a state government initiative to increase the student enrollment.
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Mumbai, Oct 19: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, his deputy Devendra Fadnavis and BJP leader Ashish Shelar on Wednesday shared the dais with Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar here at a special dinner held on the eve of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) polls.
Speaking on the occasion, Shinde said that Pawar sharing the dais with him and BJP leaders may give sleepless nights to some people. Although he did not name anyone, his remark was apparently directed at his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray.
Shinde’s rebellion against the Shiv Sena leadership had led to the collapse of the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government – in which Sena shared power with the NCP and Congress – in June this year. Shinde’s revolt with 39 out of the 55 Sena legislators also led to a split in the party.
Polls for the five posts of office-bearers, nine councillors of the MCA, and two representatives for the general council of T-20, Mumbai, are scheduled to be held on October 20. Milind Narvekar, the close aide of Thackeray, and NCP leader Jitendra Awhad are also contesting the election and filed their nominations from the panel formed by Pawar and newly-appointed BCCI treasurer and BJP leader Ashish Shelar.
Shinde was invited for the meeting over dinner.
“Pawar, Fadnavis and Shelar are on the same dais…It may give some people sleepless nights,” CM Shinde said on the occasion.
“But this is not the place to indulge in politics. All of us are fans and supporters of sports; hence we have come together for its development irrespective of our political differences,” he said.
The chief minister also assured that pending issues, including the renewal of land lease of the Wankhede Stadium in the city, and pending dues of the police will soon be addressed by the state government.
Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court has warned that the manner in which government officials and the system is engaging with citizens, is leading to an explosive situation.
Singrauli (MP): A probe has been ordered after a man reached the Singrauli collector’s office in Madhya Pradesh with his dead newborn in the bag attached to his motorbike as he could not get an ambulance.
Mangaluru: A team of Bengaluru Police has reportedly arrived in Dakshina Kannada District to collect more information about the arrested leaders of the banned organisation PFI.
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