Bengaluru, Feb 10: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today called for move investment on quality of education.
“We have to invest more resources and more energy to further strengthen our education system, starting from the roots, from primary, all the way up to post-doctoral education”, he added.
Speaking after inaugurating CMR Campus here on Sunday, Mr Naidu said that “we cannot suffer from a wasted development opportunity because of failure to invest in this tremendous human capital. The government is doing its best through flagship programs like Skill India, Make in India, Start Up India and Stand Up India to skill and train the youth of the country and provide them with education and employment opportunities. Seven new IITs, 7 new IIMs, 2 IISER and 11 new IIITs have been approved in the last four years”.
He said that the Government’s initiative alone might not be sufficient. Educational Institutions and the private sector have to collaborate and work hand in hand with the government to set higher benchmarks for education and training. “ We have to keep improving the quality of education delivered and the classrooms have to be transformed into centres of joyful learning”.
Mr Naidu said that good quality education is one of the most potent ways to reduce poverty, achieve gender equality, and create more jobs.
“We have to keep innovating our curricula, infrastructure, pedagogy, teaching and examination methodology and our technology tools.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship are going to be the twin engines that propel India to a new era of economic prosperity and social inclusion. We have to make India the nation with the most favourable environment for innovation and the most attractive destination for enterprise. The quest for innovation and spirit of scientific thinking will help us tackle and overcome the most pressing problems of the 21st century, from mitigating climate change to cleaner energy, from ensuring better agricultural productivity to water conservation, from combating hunger to efficient waste management”.
He said that he was happy to note that CMR University aims to promote the advancement of graduate and post graduate education in technical, health, management, life sciences and other allied sectors. “It is heartening to note that the University focuses upon research-led teaching and learning in an innovative and interdisciplinary learning environment and aims to create critical thinkers”.
Mr Naidu said that India has come a long way in terms of educational achievements. The ancient Indian education emerged from the Vedas.
The Vedas are the best expression of an enlightened culture and contain within them, great knowledge and wisdom. The Vedas keep inspiring us eternally to excel and lead fulfilling lives.
He said that India was respected as the Vishwaguru, the seat of wisdom and education in the world, the cradle of one of the most ancient civilizations. Takshashila, the world’s first university, is said to have offered over 65 streams of education to its students numbering more than 10,000. Accounts of the massive library housed at the ancient Nalanda University, one of the most accomplished academic and scientific institutions in the world at the time, can be found in the writings of Hiuen Tsang.
He said that India has one of the largest number of higher education institutions in the world. ”We are at a juncture in our history where we cannot continue with sub-optimal efficiency. We need to focus on quality of education. India has a tremendous demographic dividend that is waiting to be realized. In an ageing world, India has one of the youngest populations. By 2020, the median age in India will be just 28, compared to 37 in China and the US, 45 in Western Europe, and 49 in Japan.”
Stating that there is mounting concern that future growth could turnout to be jobless due to the fourth industrial revolution and technological progress, Mr Naidu said that “the only way to realize this demographic advantage is to educate and skill this energetic youth populace so that they are well prepared to face the challenges of the 21st Century. We have to invest more resources and more energy to further strengthen our education system, starting from the roots, from primary, all the way up to post-doctoral education”. (UNI)