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Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition, Ministers, Leaders of Victoria, Friends, All the eminent people gathered here and Our great cricketers,

This has been an extraordinary visit to Australia.

You hosted a great G20 Summit. It showcased Australia`s global role.

In the past four days, I have experienced everything that Australia is known for natural beauty, sunshine, great cities, friendly and cheerful people, organisational skills and strengths that have made you an economic force in the world.

Prime Minister, you have been truly generous with your hospitality and warmth.

I am deeply honoured that you have come to Melbourne to host such a wonderful reception.

This memory will stay with me forever;

But, I can tell you that all Indians are deeply touched by this Reception.

Many Indians wake up early on a cold December morning to watch on TV a Boxing Day Test at this magnificent stadium! I know that India has not done particularly well in this ground! But, we won the 1985 Champions Trophy here. And, Gavaskar and Kapil Dev are here!

As is Laxman, who especially loved to bat against Australia. To speak to you at this historic ground comes close to scoring a century here especially against McGrath and Brett Lee. I met him yesterday. The best I managed was to head the Gujarat Cricket Association.

This would be a deserving venue for the Cricket World Cup finals 2015. I hope that our two teams will play that match.

No business is serious enough to keep an Australian and an Indian  from discussing this great game.

We can learn from Australia`s famous sporting skills in other areas, too.

And we have decided to collaborate on a Sports University in India.

What we also see is the importance of relationships between people.

It is said that Melbourne is the best city in the world to live in.

Sydney might not agree!

India can learn from Australian experience and benefit from your expertise.

India is experiencing urbanisation at a rapid pace. Studies suggest that by 2031 11% of the world`s urban population might be in Indian cities.

We already have over 50 cities which have a population of more than 1 million.

Urbanisation can be an enormous opportunity.

In India, we have yet to build much of our urban infrastructure for the future.

Our plans include 100 smart cities; revival of heritage cities; building modern solid waste management and waste water treatment systems in 500 cities; and, cleaning up our rivers.

This is part of our larger vision of a sustainable future for our country, and transforming the quality of life of our people. In cities and villages alike.

I want to build a future, when every Indian, can say, yes, my life has improved and my environment has become better.

I am confident that we will achieve it with the support of the people of India, and through the talent and energy of 800 million youth, below the age of 35 A generation that is eager for change and committed to work for it.

A successful India will be a vast opportunity and a force of good for the world.

We look forward to closer partnership  with friends like Australia.

Prime Minister Abbott and I have spent a good part of this week together in two countries and four cities.

I have also met the political leadership, business leaders and the vibrant Indian community.

We have achieved a lot in the last few days.

One thing we all agree on. The bonds between the countries are made strong by joined hands of our people.

So, our exchanges in sports, tourism, education and culture are great source of strength for our relationship.

As I see the warmth and friendship for India today and over the last five days. I feel great confidence in the future of our relationship.

My memorable visit to Australia  ends tonight, but a new journey of our relationship has begun.

Thank you  and hope you are all coming to India soon!

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Prime Minister to address the education community in the country on 29th July
July 28, 2021
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PM to launch multiple key initiatives to mark the first anniversary of National Education Policy 2020
Initiatives mark a significant step towards realization of the goals of NEP 2020

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address policy makers in the domain of education and skill development, students, teachers, across the country on 29th July 2021, via video conferencing, to mark the completion of one year of reforms under the National Education Policy 2020. He will also launch multiple initiatives in the education sector.

Prime Minister will launch the Academic Bank of Credit that will provide multiple entry and exit options for students in Higher education; 1st Year Engineering Programmes in Regional Languages and Guidelines for Internationalization of Higher Education.

The initiatives to be launched also include Vidya Pravesh, a three month play based school preparation module for Grade 1 students; Indian Sign Language as a Subject at secondary level; NISHTHA 2.0, an integrated programme of teacher training designed by NCERT; SAFAL (Structured Assessment For Analyzing Learning Levels), a competency based assessment framework for Grades 3, 5 and 8 in CBSE schools; and a website dedicated to Artificial Intelligence.

Further, the event will witness the launch of National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) and National Education Technology Forum (NETF).

These initiatives will mark a significant step towards realization of the goals of NEP 2020 and will make the education sector more vibrant and accessible.

The NEP, 2020 is the guiding philosophy for changing the learning landscape, making education holistic and for building strong foundations for an Atmanirbhar Bharat.

This is the first education policy of the 21st century and replaces the thirty-four year old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986. Built on the foundational pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability, this policy is aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and aims to transform India into a vibrant knowledge society and global knowledge superpower by making both school and college education more holistic, flexible, multidisciplinary, suited to 21st century needs and aimed at bringing out the unique capabilities of each student.

The Union Education Minister will also be present on the occasion.