Indianising the education system is need of time: Vice President

OV Digital Desk

 Indianising the education system, based on India’s vast wealth of ancient wisdom, knowledge traditions and heritage is the need of time, The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Rishihood University. Knowledge, wisdom, and culture is always core of Vice President message. In his earlier message, he emphasized the preservation of our languages is key to protecting our cultural traditions

He claims colonial education created an inferiority complex and diffidence in people, and he called for a transformative value-based approach to education, as envisioned in the National Education Policy 2020. In his speech, he also said India needs to become a global hub for innovation, learning, and intellectual leadership.

The Vice President spoke at a function in Delhi to inaugurate Rishihood University, saying India was once called the Vishwa Guru. ” We had great institutions like Nalanda, Takshashila, and Pushpagiri”, he said, adding that India must regain its pre-eminence.

Having recalled India’s glorious tradition of holistic education, he called for reviving it and changing the educational landscape and urged new universities like Rishihood to lead the way. He called for taking education up as a ‘mission’, noting that education plays a huge role in transforming the nation.

In addition to all-round improvement on the education front, he said the quality of research, teaching at all levels, rankings by international agencies, and the employability of graduates need to be improved.

According to the Vice President, the National Education Policy aims to fix a lot of issues and make India a Vishwa Guru again. NEP is an effective step in improving quality indicators of education, says he.

Defining NEP as a visionary document that can transform Indian education, he said that it will make learning a holistic, value-based experience. “By emphasizing interdisciplinary learning, research and knowledge production, institutional autonomy, multilingual education, and other important policy measures, we are moving towards a major change in how education is provided”, he said.

Urging every educational institution to implement NEP in letter and spirit, the Vice President recalled the famous words of Swami Vivekananda: “We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet”.

Referring to the pivotal role of technology in democratising education and taking learning to the last mile, the Vice President said the untapped potential of students can be harnessed for the larger cause when high-quality education is taken to the last mile.

Shri Naidu urged teachers to teach students how to handle difficult situations with aplomb. Leadership is like that. To develop these leadership skills, we have to take lessons from our glorious past and the wisdom of our rishis”, he said.

Shri Suresh Prabhu, MP and Chancellor of Rishihood University, Dr. Chinmay Pandey, Co-founder of Rishihood University and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Shri Ashok Goel and Shri Motilal Owal, both Co-founders of Rishihood University and others were present.

Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu emphasized that the preservation of our languages is key to protecting our cultural traditions. ‘Language is the lifeline of any culture. While language strengthens culture, culture strengthens society’, he said.

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