Digital University an unprecedented step for higher education: PM Modi

New Delhi: PM Modi on Monday said digital universities proposed in the Union Budget is an unprecedented step which will end the problem of limited number of seats for higher education and facilitate taking quality education to remote areas.
Addressing the plenary session of a brainstorming webinar on implementation of Union Budget 2022 organised by the Education Ministry, the Prime Minister stressed on bringing international universities to India and promoting education in mother tongue.
“Empowering the youth is empowering the future of India,” Modi said. He said universalisation of quality education was the key focus. The Prime Minister said skill development, urban planning and design and bringing world class foreign universities to India were among the focus areas. “This budget will help in implementing the National Education Policy,” he said.
Emphasising on digital education, the Prime Minister said: “Long before Covid-19 struck, I have been talking of the digital future. Digital connectivity has preserved education during Covid-19 pandemic. Digital divide in India is decreasing. “Innovation is ensuring inclusion, and now we are moving ahead of inclusion towards integration. There are many announcements in the budget towards modernization we need in the education system,” he said.
Modi said the national digital university, announced in the Union Budget, was an unprecedented step. “The problem of shortage of seats can be resolved. There will be unlimited seats,” he said.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget speech, announced that a digital university will be set up to impart world-class quality education and promote online learning in different Indian languages. “I urge all stakeholders to ensure digital university starts as soon as possible and is up to international standards,” he said.
He said that imparting education in mother tongue is linked to mental development of children. “In many places, medical and technical education in regional languages have started. There is need to speed up creation of content in these languages. We are also developing course material in sign language as well.” He also talked about government’s ‘one class, one channel’ programme and said it will help take good quality education to villages.
The Prime Minister said that in a country like India where universities like Nalanda and Taxila exited in the past, students today are going abroad for education. “We can bring international universities here for our students.” Modi stressed on developing more course material in regional languages.