Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Directors of Centrally Funded Technical Institutions today via video conferencing. More than 100 Heads of Institutions interacted with the Prime Minister.
PM Modi lauded the R&D work done by all these institutions towards meeting the challenges posed by the pandemic. He appreciated the efforts of young innovators for providing and giving quick technological solutions.
CEO of Prasar Bharati, India’s Public Broadcaster tweeted, ‘’ The Prime Minister’s vision for our premier science and technology Institutions will go a long way in ensuring support to them and in boosting their global standing.’’
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PM Modi stated that higher education and technical education must be adapted to keep up with the changing environment and new challenges. He added that this requires the institutions to reinvent and re-evaluate themselves, develop alternative and innovative models in line with the country’s present and future needs.
The Prime Minister emphasised on the importance of moving toward education models that are flexible, seamless, and capable of providing learning opportunities tailored to the needs of students. He believes that the main values of such education models should be access, affordability, equity, and quality.
Improvement in the Gross Enrollment Ratio achieved
He further appreciated the improvement achieved in the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education during the past few years. He emphasized that digitization of higher education can play a big role in boosting GER, and students will have easier access to good quality and affordable education. He also lauded the several initiatives taken by these institutions to increase digitization.
The PM added that there is a need to develop an ecosystem of technological education in Indian languages and translate global journals into regional languages.
He said that ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ will form the basis of dreams and aspirations of India in the coming 25 years when the country will celebrate 100 years of its Independence. ‘’Technological, R&D institutions will play a major role in the upcoming decade, which is also being called as “India’s Techade,” he added.
PM Modi highlighted that it is crucial to have a good quality infrastructure in higher educational institutions to ensure that products associated with Artificial Intelligence(AI), smart wearables, augmented reality systems, and digital assistants reach the common citizens. He emphasized that we should focus on affordable, personalized, and AI-driven education.
Latest technology advancements presented
During the meeting the PM was also informed about the COVID related research being done that encompasses developing new techniques for testing, COVID vaccine development efforts, indigenous oxygen concentrators, ventilators production, cancer cell therapy, oxygen generators, modular hospitals, hotspot prediction, and efforts being done in the fields of robotics, drones, online education, and battery technology etc.