NEP to make nation education power centre, says Pokhriyal

NEP to make nation education power centre, says Pokhriyal

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal virtually inaugurates IIT-Ropar campus.

Ropar, October 22

The Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal, has said the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) will help India in emerging as an education power centre and his ministry has been working on several fronts to achieve this goal. Besides, efforts are on to promote the country’s heritage to attract students from across the world, he added.

Pokhriyal, who virtually dedicated the new campus of IIT-Ropar to nation today, said introducing vocational courses under the NEP 2020 would play a key role in creating a self-reliant India and allow Indian students to have global exposure.

With lush green campus spread over 500 acres on the banks of Satluj, the institution has turned 12 this year and has 10 departments, 2,324 students and 170 faculty members at the new campus.

Pokhriyal congratulated the fraternity of the institution, students and researchers on taking steps towards making India a strong and vibrant nation in the world. Terming students as “warriors of the nation”, he urged them to contribute to the nation’s development.

Pokhriyal highlighted that the institution has featured consistently among the top-ranking educational institutions both nationally and internationally.

He also lauded initiatives taken by the institution during the Covid-19 crisis, such as, negative pressure room to prevent the transmission of the virus through air at isolation wards and testing labs, UVGI-based room disinfection device and two state-of-the art low-cost autonomous vehicles — ‘Medi-Sarathi’ and ‘Al-Powered Trolley’. The Minister of State, Sanjay Dhotre, also participated in the ceremony. — TNS

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