The government should have minimal intervention in the education policy which “belongs to everyone”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as he addressed the inaugural session of the Governors’ Conference on the National Education Policy (NEP).

“Education policy and education system are important means of fulfilling the aspirations of the country. Centre, state government, local bodies, all are attached to the responsibility of education system. But it is also true that the government, its interference in education policy, its impact, should be minimal. As foreign policy, defence policy are of the country, not government, so is education policy. It belongs to everyone,” PM Modi said, urging the people to take the “collective responsibility” to implement the policy in “Letter and Spirit”.

In the new education policy (NEP), first since 1986, the pressure on students for taking specific streams have been removed, he said.

The NEP, PM Modi said, focuses on “learning instead of studying” and is based on “critical thinking rather than curriculum” with a special focus on “passion, practicality, and performance”.

We are working to make India a knowledge economy. To tackle brain drain, the NEP has paved the way for opening campuses of best international institutions in the country to bring them within reach of youth from simple families,” the Prime Minister said.

“It is our collective responsibility that the policy is implemented in letter and spirit. The more teachers, parents, students are associated with education policy, the more relevant and broadbased it will be,” the PM added.

Titled ‘Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education’, the conference is being organised by the Ministry of Education.