GS Paper - 2 (Education)

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on 2 June 2022 said the Centre is planning to set up "PM Shri Schools" which will be aimed at preparing students for the future and will be the laboratory of new National Education Policy (NEP). Pradhan was addressing the two-day National Education Minister's Conference in Gujarat.


  1. The National Education Ministers' Conference began in Gujarat's Gandhinagar on 1 June 2022 with a focus on implementation of the new NEP.
  2. School education is the foundation on which India will become a knowledge-based economy.
  3. The minister said the 5+3+3+4 approach of the NEP covering pre-school to secondary school, emphasis on Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE), teacher training & adult education, integration of skill development with school education and prioritising learning in the mother tongue are steps for preparing global citizens of the 21st century.
  4. The next 25 years are crucial to establish India as a knowledge economy that is committed to global welfare.
  5. The conference witnessed deliberations on strengthening the education ecosystem in the country with focus on implementation of National Education Policy 2020, skilling in schools and digital initiatives like NDEAR and NETF.