India needs education system with greater emphasis on Indian history, heritage and culture, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu underlining that the education system must inculcate strong ethical, moral and humanistic values.
“Undoubtedly, education is the only tool to eradicate illiteracy, empower people and liberate the country from social and economic backwardness… Education is for empowerment, enlightenment, enhancement of knowledge and to seek gainful employment,” the Vice President said addressing the valedictory function of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Hindustan Group of Institutions, in Chennai on Friday.
While acquiring knowledge from across the globe, the students must remain rooted to India’s glorious culture, traditions, ethos and heritage, he added.
“India was once known as ‘Viswaguru’ and was the global center of learning as knowledge-seekers from all corners of the world used to flock to India to study at Takshashila, Nalanda and other centres of learning,” Vice President said addressing the gathering.
Recalling profound words of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, he said “Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education, I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit”.
Education does not end with mere acquisition of knowledge or degrees… It is aimed at holistic development of an individual, who will be able to face the challenges of a fast-changing world with vision of a seer and temperament of a scientist, the Vice President advised students.
Pitching strongly on the values of mother tongue in the sphere of education, Vice President Naidu also favoured teaching professional degrees like MBBS in Indian languages.
“I have always been impressing upon the need for children to be taught in their respective mother tongues in various states to underscore the importance of language,” he said as he added, “I look forward to the day when professional courses like MBBS are also taught in local languages”.
The Vice President also drew attention at the high dropout rates, especially at the secondary and tertiary level and urged for better institutional mechanism to address this serious issue.
“We need to address the critical issues in our education system like high dropout ratio especially at secondary and tertiary level, obsolete syllabus and conventional pedagogy, lack of industry-institute linkage, lack of research awareness and shortage of trained teachers” he said.
The event was also attended by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit, the Minister for Fisheries, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, D. Jayakumar and other leaders and senior officials.