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On march towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat, far-reaching changes taking place: UP Governor at ASSOCHAM meeting

Mumbai, 13th May, 2022: Under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, India is witnessing far-reaching changes required for an AtmaNirbhar Bharat to meet development aspirations of the country's youth, Uttar Pradesh Governor Mrs Anandiben Patel said at an ASSOCHAM Conference in New Delhi.

''Crores of our youth are doing extraordinary things with extra-ordinary ambitions. Some of them are working on a fusion of ancient art and culture with modern traditions while others are achieving new heights in artificial intelligence and machine learning. In other words, our youth are marching forward in every field. They are also revolutionising India's Start-up ecosystem and speeding up the digital transformation in the country," the UP Governor said in her address at the 15th International Education and Skill Development Summit, organised by ASSOCHAM today.

She said India's youth would take the country forward to a bright future with the zeal similar to the one with which ''we are celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav''. The new National Education Policy -2020  in which Uttar Pradesh is playing  a key role in its implementation, would help our youth achieve their goals.

“It is through education that we have to empower our people to face the challenges of knowledge-based society . The level of success would depend on the way we are able to give direction to our youth today...In this direction, the NEP 2020 would be amongst the important factors contributing to nation building'', Mrs Patel said.

The ASSOCHAM international summit on education and skill development is being attended by several chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Deans , Educationists and academics of leading universities.  

Smt Patel said whether it is  health, defence or infrastructure, ''the country has to become AtmaNirbhar (self-reliant) in every field''.  This is because the world is looking towards India in all these areas. She said our youth has to be ahead of the rest of the world to leverage the unfolding opportunities.           

The vision of the NEP is to fulfill the aspirations of the students. The majority of the students are from rural backgrounds, and unless these students are provided with skills, excellence cannot be achieved, said Prof. Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, Chairman, UGC during ASSOCHAM 15th International Education Summit.

UGC is working to come up with simplified regulations for online education. We need to take high-quality education to the doorstep of students living in remote areas. UGC is working to build a digital university to make education affordable & accessible to all, he added.

Mr. Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Education said, Education is the single most way to achieve PM's vision of AtamanirbharBharat. We at ASSOCHAM are weaving a bridge between education & industry to fulfill PM Modi's vision.

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