Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Union Education Minister, has stated that India is the country with the largest democratic educational ecosystem in the world. The country has as many as 34 crore children studying in it, which is higher than the entire population of many other countries. He mentioned this during his speech at a high-level ministerial meeting convened by UNESCO. He added that India consists of 1.1 lakh teachers, 10.5 lakh schools, 42,000 colleges, and 1,043 universities. The Union Education Minister said that not less than 10.5 lakh students from India's government schools complete their matriculation every year. Yearly, 80.2 lakh undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered in India, and close to 39,000 others are awarded a PhD. He also discussed the features of the new education policy at the UNESCO meeting. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank spoke to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and UNESCO's Education Ministers regarding the challenges that the country is having to face currently and the work that is being conducted on the strategy of leaving no students behind. The Union Education Minister stated that In spite of the extraordinary size of the educational ecosystem in India, it has successfully ensured that every child living in the remotest parts of the country continues to receive education even during the difficult times of the pandemic. He further stated that India has used digital, television, radio to make sure that no child is deprived of education. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also explained in detail the PM eVidya scheme launched under the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Union Education Minister said that India believes in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means that the world is a family and if required, sets school curriculum to be it in Africa, in the Caribbean, or Asia, with its brothers and sisters on the same high standards as the Indian schools are. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank further added about how the Indian school education system is very good in the subjects of mathematics, science, technology, and humanities. Assuring everybody of all assistance, the Union Education Minister said that the world has seen this epidemic on many levels. In spite of the grave difficulties caused by the pandemic, global communities have made every effort to meet this challenge. He said that today, we can all move forward proudly by helping each other and learning from each other's struggles. Our collective efforts are what will make us stronger in this difficult time.
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