Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurates Educational Initiatives in Uttarakhand



Dehradun, September 12, 2023 – In a significant step toward enhancing the quality of education in Uttarakhand, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, along with Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, inaugurated the Vidya Samiksha Kendra and laid the foundation stone of 141 PM Shri Schools and the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Residential School in Dehradun.

Vidya Samiksha Kendra, a modern data-driven model, aims to improve the learning outcomes of 23.50 lakh school students in Uttarakhand. Shri Pradhan highlighted its significance, mentioning its successful implementation in Gujarat during Shri Narendra Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister. With the inauguration of this Kendra in Uttarakhand, the state is aligning itself with the Gujarat Education Model, which has been extended across the country since the introduction of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The Kendra will provide comprehensive data on school performance, attendance, content from the DIKSHA Portal, and information from the District Institute of Education & Training (DIET), creating a holistic view of the state’s school education.

Shri Pradhan emphasized the role of NEP 2020 as a guiding philosophy for building a knowledge-based economy in the 21st century. He noted that the 141 PM Shri Schools in the state serve as models for achieving excellence in existing schools. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Residential School will cater to underprivileged children, offering them opportunities for quality education.


Shri Pradhan commended the introduction of Research Scholarships for teachers in Uttarakhand, aligning with the National Research Foundation, which will support teachers in their research projects. He also praised the state’s commitment to strengthening its education system through scholarships for students.

During his speech, Shri Pradhan highlighted the global recognition of NEP 2020 during India’s G20 Presidency. He emphasized that this policy not only benefits India’s 30 crore students but also sets a benchmark for global education.


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