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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Thursday, 29 July on the completion of one year of the new National Education Policy (NEP), Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed on Monday.

In a tweet, Pradhan said the new education policy was a guiding philosophy for changing the learning landscape, making education holistic and for building strong foundations for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

"The NEP, 2020, is a guiding philosophy for changing the learning landscape, making education holistic and for building strong foundations for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. On 29th July, on the completion of one year of reforms under the NEP, PM Shri @narendramodiwill address the nation," the Education Minister tweeted.

Citing sources, news agency PTI said that Prime Minister Modi is likely to talk about the progress made so far on implementation of the policy and will also share a roadmap for projects in the pipeline and their timelines.

The NEP, which was approved by the Union Cabinet last year, replaced the National Policy on Education framed in 1986. It is aimed at paving the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.

When Pradhan took over as education minister earlier this month, he had said that his focus would be on achieving the objectives of the new NEP in a time-bound manner.

Choice between three or four years undergraduate courses, multiple entry and exit options in degree courses, adding 3.5 crore seats in higher education institutions, which will now have a single regulator, discontinuation of M.Phil programmes and fixing of fees are among the higher education reforms outlined in the new NEP.

(With inputs from PTI)

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