The National Education Policy 2020 announced by the Center emphasizes Indian languages ââand Indian knowledge systems, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Sunday.
The policy is “rooted in Indianness and emphasizes learning in the mother tongue,” Pradhan said at SASTRA Deemed University’s 36th convocation here.
“NEP 2020 emphasizes Indian languages ââand Indian knowledge systems. An icon like Saint Thiruvalluvar is no less than any other literary figure, scholar or philosopher. It is our duty to publicize the philosophy of Thiruvalluvar and Indian knowledge systems worldwide.” he tweeted.
The national education policy is rooted in Indianness and emphasizes learning in the mother tongue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly said that all Indian languages, including Tamil, are national languages, Pradhan said.
Pradhan appealed to the university to also become a “carrier” for the deployment of the national education policy.
âThe policy with its futuristic outlook and rootedness in Indian ethos and with emphasis on Indian languages ââis a philosophical document for creating global citizens,â he said.
Paying rich tributes to the art and culture of Tamil Nadu, the Minister said that the state is a society that has created wonders in the field of art, architecture, music, learning and other fields since ancient times.
âTamil Nadu, just like Odisha, is an example of architectural excellence and grandeur. Prime Minister Modi has great respect and affinity towards Tamil culture and people,â he said.
To promote the rich Tamil culture, Modi also established a professorship in honor of Tamil poet Subrahmanya Bharati at the Hindu University of Benares in Varanasi, he said.
âIt is a step towards the advancement of Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat,â Pradhan said.
He noted that critical thinking and analytical skills can be effectively developed through native language.
âDue to a long period of colonization, we have neglected Indian languages ââand rich linguistic traditions. We need to decolonize our minds, get rid of our servile attitude and create our own path to reach greater heights,â a- he declared.
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