Guwahati: Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma On Thursday, he said his government would establish a State Research Foundation in line with the National Research Foundation, as planned in NEP-2020.
The proposed Research Foundation is expected to promote innovative research with quantifiable results for transformational reforms in the education sector, the Chief Minister said during a conference on the implementation of NEP 2020 in Assam in the framework of the follow-up to the Conclave of Varanasi.
The Conference was organized by the Governor’s Secretariat in partnership with the State Government Department of Higher Education.
“We are committed to implementing NEP 2020 for quality improvement in education. The fact that we have allocated 6% of the state’s GDP to education speaks volumes about our intention to develop our human resources…” Sarma said.
Under the NEP 2020, the government will take steps to enable higher education institutions to focus on experiential learning, integrating interdisciplinary pedagogy and holistic education with a focus on the knowledge system Indian, he said.
The government is also establishing a holistic governance framework to cover academic affairs with accountability, research and digitization, Sarma added.
The Department of Higher Education will collaborate with other related departments to develop skills and training modules to hone potential workforce for industry according to market requirements to help students with the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurial businesses.
The Chief Minister also said that his government has decided to set up four nano-incubation centers in Bongaigaon, Silchar, Dibrugarh and Tezpur to encourage entrepreneurship.
Faculty members will be trained in capacity building to help students not only as teachers, but also as mentors and guides.”
The NEP 2020 is part of the Prime Minister’s plan for a new and resurgent India and aims to pave the way for transformational reforms in the country’s school and higher education systems, the Chief Minister added.
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