New Delhi, 22nd November 2022: On Monday (November 21), Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged businesses to work with institutions other than IITs to strengthen their capacities for research, development, and innovation.
In his speech at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) national council meeting, Pradhan said, “Talent and capacity abound in our NITs, colleges, and universities. To strengthen its capabilities in R&D and innovation, the industry must work with institutions other than IITs as well.”
“Our wealth producers must contribute significantly to the training of the workforce of the twenty-first century. I urge the business community to develop a supportive environment that is consistent with the NEP 2020 (National Education Policy),” the minister stated.
According to Pradhan, members of the industry can help shape India’s future by creating the correct knowledge demand, spending more on research, and development, and putting an emphasis on reskilling and upskilling the current workforce.
He emphasized the necessity for collaboration between businesses, academics, and policymakers to develop a workforce prepared for the twenty-first century while promoting economic growth and social welfare.
Pradhan described the NEP as a “philosophical document” that is currently being put into practice. “We are working to ensure holistic learning at all levels, from early childhood to higher education and skill development,” he said.
To increase inclusivity in the educational ecosystem, he said, “We are offering education in mother tongue and local languages.”