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6 November 2015

Innovation in learning; finding solutions to global warming & waste are key to dev: PM

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium Innovation in learning; finding solutions to global warming & waste are key to dev: PM

New Delhi, Nov 6 (ENA) Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid stress on the importance of innovation and technology for the progress and development of the nation.

Speaking after releasing the IMPRINT India brochure at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday, he said institutions of higher education should give primacy to innovation in learning.  He further added that finding solutions to challenges like global warming and converting waste to wealth were key to the rise of India, as per an official release.

In addition, he exhorted institutions of higher learning to focus on areas such as defense manufacturing. "Science is universal but technology must be local," the Prime Minister said.

The IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology (IMPRINT) India brochure was released at the Visitor’s Conference that concludes at the national capital today.

‘IMPRINT India’ is a Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in ten technology domains relevant to India.

Also speaking on the occasion, the President of India said that, if the institutes of higher learning come together, they can make a difference in a short span of time to higher education sector in our country. IMPRINT India is synergizing platform for institutions, academia, industry that encourages research and innovation, making it socially more relevant.

He appreciated efforts of Ministry of Human Resources Development with special mention of Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) and recently launched National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). He also added that the New Education Policy (NEP) must alter the dynamics of the education sector and help us achieve the GER target of 30 per cent by 2020, a goal we cannot afford to miss.

On the other hand, Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani talked about a programme called GIAN that enables foreign academicians to come, Teach in India, at government institutions across the nation at no added cost to the students.  She added that starting this November, in the coming one year, under GIAN, 400 foreign academicians will be welcomed in government institutions to impart new knowledge to students here and share new teaching methodologies with faculty.

The Ministry is also planning to build an Indian MOOCS platform which would bring in close to 2.5 lakh hours of e-content on a single platform thereby possibly making it the world’s largest repository of electronic learning resources under a single window.  From school education modules of levels 9 to 12 to varied courses in Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology, Atmospheric Science and languages, ‘SWAYAM’ will ensure universal access to high quality education for every Indian. She gave her sincere thanks to institutions present at the occasion who have confirmed close to 714 courses that will be specially designed for ‘SWAYAM.  (ENA Bureau)

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