National Research Foundation

The National Research Foundation aims to improve the country’s research ecosystem.

The NRF envisions collaboration between R&D, academia, and industry.

Under the NEP-2020, the government is taking initiatives to promote the use of regional languages in education, research, and skill development.

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To boost the country’s research ecosystem, the government recommends establishing a National Research Foundation (NRF). The NRF is envisioned as an umbrella organisation that will strengthen ties between R&D, academia, and industry. Over a five-year span, the National Research Foundation proposes to spend Rs 50,000 crore.

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One of NRF’s key goals is to seed, grow, and assist research at academic institutions, especially universities and colleges, where research potential is still in its infancy. In partnership with relevant Ministries, Departments, and other Governmental and non-Governmental entities, including industry, it will also fund and support high-impact, large-scale, multi-investigator, multi-institution, and, in certain cases, interdisciplinary or multi-nation projects.

After a 34-year hiatus, the government released the National Education Policy, 2020 (NEP) on July 29, 2020. In the education sector, the policy envisions revolutionary improvements. One of the most important ideas in this regard is to encourage the use of regional languages in schools. The government has taken a variety of actions in this area, including:

  1. The NEET medical entrance exam, which was previously offered in 11 languages, will now be offered in 13 languages.
  2. JEE (Main), which was previously held in three languages, will henceforth be held in thirteen.
  3. From the academic session 2021-2022 on an experimental basis, certain AICTE certified institutions will offer technical education in eight regional languages.
  4. Under the SWAYAM platform, which has been offering online courses in areas such as Science, Engineering & Technology, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, Management, and others, translation of reference materials for engineering courses in regional languages has been completed.
  5. AICTE guide (Approval Process Handbook 2021-22) for institutes interested in offering regional language programmes.
  6. The “AICTE Translation Automation Artificial Intelligence Tool” will be used to translate English language online courses into eleven different languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Assamese, and Odia, in order to reach a larger number of rural students.
    The Haryana government and the AICTE have signed an agreement to print 1,000 Hindi books.
  7. The Student Induction Program (SIP) is currently a required part of the curriculum for first-year engineering students, and it is taught in the local language.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Minister of Education, gave this information in the Lok Sabha today.

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