Karnataka is the first state to introduce NEP.
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Bommai also said the National Entry and Eligibility Test (NEET) should continue as it is an extension of the General Admission Test (CET) that Karnataka and many other states conduct for those who wish to enter different colleges. He said Tamil Nadu has no experience with CET and therefore has no right to oppose NEET.
“We live in the 21st century and we don’t need Macaulay’s education system. Macaulay’s education system has been around for 200 years and Europe is striving for change. To meet the needs of the 21st century, we need change, ”Bommai said. The India Today Conclave is here.
NEP not only seeks to “rewrite the wrong things,” but also looks to the future, he said, adding that with the advent of science, technology and artificial intelligence, there is a need to prepare rural children to compete in the international community.
“We cannot be spectators when our children are not given the right education and are not well prepared to face the world. We are giving the best education to the next generation (through the NEP), ”said the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
He also said that there is nothing wrong with what RSS has said about NEP. “RSS thoughts are national thoughts. What’s bad about it?” he asked.
As for the opposition parties criticizing the NEP, the BJP leader said that Congress is part of political history and that is why he thinks about history the way it suits him.
“They wrote history, and it’s about the Nehru and Gandhi family. They wrote a story about congressmen. In the struggle for Indian independence, peasants, workers and many people gave their lives. They are anonymous soldiers, but never mentioned. They want to live with a false story, ”he said.
When asked whether his father and former minister of human rights defenders of the Union S.R. Bommai, he said, “Times have changed. When my father was there, there was no digital world. There was no electronics. Now everything has changed. It is now a global village. ”
Bommai also said that he was part of Macaulay’s education system and I don’t want my grandson to be part of it. It must be in harmony with the most flexible, modern and well-equipped repository of knowledge worthy of attention. ”
Regarding Tamil Nadu opposing NEET, Karnataka’s chief minister said the neighboring state never held competitive exams because college admissions were based on grades there.
However, Karnataka and other states have a CET where kids from all walks of life can compete for any college. States that do not have competitive exams have many seats in the governing quota for students from the privileged class, he said.
“NEET is nothing new for us. This is a CET extension for us. We admitted not only people from Karnataka, but also from other states such as Bihar, into CET. NEET should continue, ”he said.
According to Bommai, NEET is a single competitive exam, not exams held in states on different days, which is inconvenient for students.
“Tamil Nadu has no CET experience, then what right does he have (to oppose)?” he asked.
Regarding the conflicting views on the Tipu Sultan in Karnataka, the chief minister said that every ruler of the past had good and bad things.
“The very fact that when Tipu ruled, there was a huge transformation not only of Hindus, but also Christians. You ask the Mangalorean Christian who Tipu was. This is the perception that he created … I do not agree with what he did to the people of his states, converting people for their political needs, ”he said.