February 1, 2023

modi: Government’s online focus has helped narrow digital divide: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: It was digital connectivity that kept the country’s education system going during the pandemic, said Prime Minister Narendra Modion Monday while highlighting that the government’s online focus has resulted in shrinking of the digital divide.
Addressing a webinar on the positive impact of the Union Budget 2022-23, Modi said the focus of the education sector is on five areas — universalisation of quality education; skill development; urban planning and design; internationalisation; and AVGC (animation, visual effects, gaming & comic). “Much ahead of the pandemic, we have been speaking of a digital future, we were setting up optical fibre in villages, bringing down the cost of data and enhancing connectivity. Some questioned the necessity. But during the pandemic, we all realised how this helped in continuity of education during the unprecedented situation. The digital divide is gradually declining and our country is progressing from inclusion to integration,” said the PM, adding that digital education is a part of India’s step towards a digital future. “…I call upon the education ministry, UGC and AICTE and all the stakeholders of the ‘Digital University’ to work with speed on the project. I emphasised on the need to keep international standards in mind while creating institutes,” he said.
The PM also called for increased use of digital tools to improve delivery of content, training of teachers, and “dynamic skilling” of the youth to make them ready for new jobs and reap “demographic dividends”. Calling for inputs from all education sector stakeholders to help the country and cooperate in implementing the provisions made in the Budget, Modi said a Budget is not just about numbers, but how it can be implemented in the right way.
He asserted that the Budget for 2022-23 will be of great help in implementing the National Education Policy on the ground.
On the International Mother Language Day on Monday, the PM underlined the link between education in the medium of mother language and the mental development of children. “…there should be a momentum in creating best content in digital format in local Indian languages,” said Modi.

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