Digital University can solve issue of limited seats, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Union Budget for 2022-23 will be of great help in implementing the National Education Policy on the ground and asserted that the decision to set up a National Digital University can solve the problem of shortage of seats in educational institutions in the country.
Addressing a webinar on the positive impact of the Union Budget 2022-23, Modi said the budget focuses on five aspects related to the education sector -- universalisation of quality education, skill development, urban planning and design, internationalisation and AVGC (Animation Visual Effects Gaming Comic).
Prime Minister Modi asserted that digital connectivity is what kept the education system running in this time of global pandemic.
"We are seeing how the digital divide is rapidly shrinking in India. Innovation is ensuring inclusion for us," he said.
Educational infrastructure such as e-Vidya, One Class One Channel, Digital Labs and Digital University are going to help the youths a lot, he said.
He says that the budget has put emphasis on quality education and skill development. "Long before covid, I have always been in favour of digital future. People raised questions but covid proved that digital is the future," PM Modi.
Modi asserted that the Budget for 2022-23 will be of great help in implementing the National Education Policy on the ground.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the establishment of a Digital University during the Union Budget 2022 speech. The university will offer programmes in regional languages.
PM Modi while addressing the plenary session today said, "Digital University is one of its kind. Our focus is on digital integration. It can solve the issue of limited seats in academic programmes. With Digital University, there will be a seat for every student.
Asserting that education in mother tongue is related to children's mental development, Modi highlighted that medical and technical education has started in many states in local languages.
Talking about the government's announcement in the budget that a digital university will be established to provide access to students across the country, Modi said the National Digital University is a unique and unprecedented step.
"I am seeing that power in the digital university which can completely eliminate the problem of shortage of seats that we experience in our country," Modi said.
The session "Digital University: Making World Class Higher Education Accessible for All" will be held today. The secretary of Higher Education and Secretary, Telecommunication and Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, will participate in the session.