Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said that students don’t need to spend money on education in foreign countries any more as the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) is in line with the global standards.

Articulating at the recent webinar on ‘India: The Global Destination for Higher Education – Post NEP 2020 Scenario’, at IIT Kharagpur, , the Education Minister assures that the country has a robust education system and quality research facilities. The director of the Institution V. K. Tewari lauded the concept of the multi-disciplinary research university as proposed under the NEP.

He says that, “There is no need for some of our students to enrol in foreign universities, spending dollars on admission. We have all the infrastructure and facilities. The National Education Policy 2020 has further taken care of the issue. Our students will stay and study in the country now,”

Further on he added that the “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited foreign universities to set up campuses in India and encouraged Indian universities to build overseas campuses so that students are motivated to Stay in India and Study in India.”

The Minister said the credit bank system in the National Education Policy is in accordance with global education programmes. “The credit bank system enables students to take a break from academic programmes, thus awarding certificates, diplomas and degrees,” as quoted.

Looks like, the Academic Bank of Credits is a major shift in policy which would be of great help to students as it will digitally store the academic credits earned from various Higher Education Institutions so that degrees can be awarded, taking into account the credits earned by the students. As discussed by the Union Education Minister, the credit bank system will allow the students for suitable exit and re-entry points. This flexibility will be very useful for the students.

Mr. Pokhriyal phrased his hope that the digital platforms developed under various educational initiatives of the government since 2014 would help strengthen the country’s higher education system in sync with international practices of study and research.

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