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NEP will allow students to build careers based on interest, talent, says Pradhan

GREATER NOIDA: The Modi government’s initiatives under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will empower students to chart academic paths that revolve around their interests and talents, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who holds the education and skill development and entrepreneurship portfolios, said at Bennett University’s third annual convocation on Sunday.

Lauding Bennett University for sensitising the higher education fraternity about NEP through webinars and seminars, Pradhan said, “I’m happy to note that Bennett University is embracing the multidisciplinary nature of learning as envisioned in NEP 2020. I laud the committee formed by the university to implement the policy in letter and spirit.”

Pradhan, the chief guest at the convocation, which was held virtually, emphasised that the Centre’s NEP initiatives like academic credit banks, allowing multiple entry-exits and the National Education Technology Forum, along with the Prime Minister’s interventions, would help create an ecosystem where students felt more empowered.


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The minister congratulated the new graduates, observing that the university was funding 55 out of its 98 registered PhD students, who were being mentored by faculty with a strong record of publications in reputable national and international journals. “The faculty and students have filed 18 patents. With strong commitment and dedication like yours, these numbers are bound to soar in future,” Pradhan said.

In his address inaugurating the convocation, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd managing director and Bennett University chancellor Vineet Jain said India’s future as a superpower depends heavily on education and employability. “The honorable Prime Minister’s decision to entrust Shri Pradhan with the two portfolios he now holds is a recognition of the close inter-linkages between the two,” said Jain.

“Our mission at Bennett University has been to create a class of young men and women who are future-ready. We have every hope that the honorable minister will encourage and incentivise private educational institutions – which have made serious investments in faculty, infrastructure and students – to be a partner in nation-building,” Jain added.

The university’s ability, said the chancellor, to seamlessly move to a technology-enabled teaching and learning platform and ensure student success in internships, placements and higher studies – even amid lockdowns and other restrictions necessitated by the pandemic – is a testament to its capability to stand alongside the best and contribute to youth empowerment.

“Private institutions in India will continue to play a vital role and I am proud to say that Bennett University will strive to lead from the front. Bennett University will leverage technology and its various resources to reach a larger section of society with the aim of inclusiveness and access to high-quality education and support the core values espoused in NEP 2020,” added Jain.

Five recipients of the chancellor’s medal were felicitated. BBA student Hardik Aggarwal won the gold medal and Sejal Bhatnagar (BBA), Siddhant Iyer (BTech), Aditya Mishra (BA, J&MC) and Tunap Paul (BTech) won silver medals. Nine toppers in the batch of 2021 were awarded the vice-chancellor’s gold medals.

Across its four distinct schools – Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law, Times School of Media and Management and Liberal Arts – Bennett University has over 20 degree programmes, 150-plus faculty members and 3,000 students. Four hundred students are graduating this year.

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