Education must be connected with social cause to achieve developed society: P Javadekar

Education must be connected with social cause to achieve developed society: P Javadekar

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New Delhi, Sep 30: Education must be connected with a social cause to achieve a developed society, Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday.

Addressing the valedictory session of the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence at Vigyan Bhawan, Mr Javadekar emphasised all Vice Chancellors to promote their educational institutions, to connect with the society.

He said that it can be done through various mediums, like use of social media, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Swachh Bharat Internship and Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.

He further suggested that local parenting also can be a good medium of connecting and educating society. An individual can adopt some bright and poor students, so that they can get good education.

The Minister said that research is the necessity of the society and without research, no country can become a developed society.

'Government is promoting research through various schemes like Smart India Hackathon and IMPRINT,' he said, adding that under the Smart India Harkaton, students are doing research on problem statements, which are given by government organisations and private industries.

'Our aim is to produce quality and pure research, so they can add real contribution in the field of research,' he said.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Javadekar lauded the vision and mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in providing holistic development in education sector, stressing on research and innovation.

Mr Javadekar said without innovation, a nation cannot achieve sustainable growth, so the Ministry of Human Resource Development has taken a number of initiatives like IMPRINT, Smart India Hackathon (SIH), GIAN, SWAYAM and National Digital Library (NDL) to change the structure of the entire education system.

The Minister said that high technology research labs are being developed to promote brain gain as innovation in higher education is a key focus to support research within the country.

He also informed that the budget allocation of Rs 1,00,000 crore for Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) will also help to step up investment in research and related infrastructure.

Government is promoting quality education in identified aspirational districts through RUSA, he added.

Mr Javadekar said that to ensure quality education, the ministry has developed learning outcomes, which will fix accountability on education providers.

He also informed that for the overall development of students government has started 'Samagra Siksha,' in which the government is providing financial assistance to all government schools for library and sports and extended hostel facility for Katurba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya.

The Conference, inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Saturday morning, had several sessions covering eight thematic areas, namely Improving pedagogy for learner centric education – use of artificial intelligence for customized learning : From job seeking to job creating – improving innovation and entrepreneurship: Improving quality of research – focus on requirements of India and Bringing synergy among educational institutions – pooling of academic resources like sharing of libraries and exchange of knowledge.

The thematic areas further included Building inclusive and integrated campuses – taking up activities which could bring emotional attachments of students to the campus Participatory Governance models – facilitating participation of students in governance processes: Building robust financial models – supplementing Government resources by getting funds from alumni and also from corporate (CSR) and Promoting value education by building in universal values and life skills into education.

This Conference is in continuation of the efforts being made by the Ministry for evolving an action plan for transformation of the higher education sector.

The first among this was held in Delhi during the Vice-Chancellors' Conference from July 26-28, 2018.

Vice-Chancellors/Directors from more than 350 universities participated in the conference ,organized jointly by UGC, AICTE, ICSSR, IGNCA, IGNOU, JNU and SGT University. (UNI)