Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that for the development of any nation, education should be both equitable and inclusive.
"Education should not only be inclusive but also be equitable. For the same, the country is including talking books and audiobooks as part of education. Based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an Indian sign language dictionary has been developed. For the first time in the country, Indian Sign language is being included as a subject in the curriculum," the Prime Minister said while inaugurating the Shikshak Parv conclave.
PM Modi launched five initiatives on the occasion: Indian Sign Language Dictionary (audio and text embedded sign language video for the hearing impaired, in conformity with Universal Design of Learning), Talking Books (audiobooks for the visually impaired), School Quality Assurance and Assessment Framework of CBSE, NISHTHA teachers' training programme for NIPUN Bharat and Vidyanjali portal (for facilitating education volunteers/ donors/ CSR contributors for school development).
He informed that the NISHTHA teachers' training programme will help the teachers to develop their technical skills, which are need for the hour.
He also mentions that he had asked the Olympians and Paralympians to visit 75 schools as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and encourage the students to pursue sports in the future.
The PM has lauded teachers for tackling the challenges and adapting the new teaching skills amid the COVID-19 pandemic through online classes, group video calls, online exams and also, for their contribution to the formulation of the new National Education Policy (NEP).
"Our teachers have displayed their enough potential to get acquainted with new ways such as competency-based teaching, art integration, high-order thinking and creative and critical thinking, it will help them make the youth ready for the future in a better way."
He reiterates that Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Paryaas is not just policy-based, but is participation-based.