Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu advocated for including gender studies in the educational institutions so that children learn to respect and become sensitive towards people of all genders from an early age.
Inaugurating the FICCI ARISE Conference on School Education, he called for value based education and said that education is not just for employment but also for empowerment and enlightenment of individuals and the society. He stressed upon inculcating values such as patience, honesty, respect, tolerance and empathy in the students.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu appreciated the increase in the capacity of India’s higher education sector in the last two decades, but expressed concerns over the reports pointing out a decline in employability of our graduates.
In this regard, he called for reforming our teaching and training systems to improve learning outcomes.
“Globally, there is a dramatic change in the way teachers are teaching and learners are assimilating knowledge”, he said and highlighted the need to move away from rote learning and to focus on analytical and critical thinking abilities among students.
“The new wave of technologies has transformed our industry and society in an unprecedented manner”, the Vice President said and stressed that “the skills needed for future workforce will be totally different”.
He called upon the schools and universities to prepare and educate young Indians for these future challenges posed by technologies.
“We will have to train our youngsters to be experts in Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Big Data so that they may spearhead the 4th Industrial Revolution in our country’, he said.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern that there is a great void in the market because we gain knowledge in academic institutions and not the skills required for jobs.
As a result, Indian corporate and educational space is witnessing huge investment of time and money in skill training, talent acquisition and retention to address the dearth of skilled workforce.
The Vice President also called the entrepreneurship education and training as very important so that we may empower young people to be the job creators of the future and not just job seekers.
He appreciated several government initiatives in this regard, such as Atal Innovation Mission under which Atal Tinkering Labs have been set up in schools.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for special attention towards the children who are at greater risk of dropping out of schools such as- girl children, orphans, child-laborers, street children and victims of riots and natural disasters.
“It should be our top priority to bring such ‘out-of-school’ children back to schools”, he said.
We must raise a generation of young people who will not only make India a powerful economy but will also secure a position for it among the most inclusive, innovative and harmonious societies of the world, VP said.
The theme for this year’s FICCI ARISE Conference is ‘Future Ready Learners and Schools’. The Conference is expected to witness participation of more than 700 delegates including state and central government officials, regulators, prominent educators, think tanks, consulting firms and institutions from across India and the world.
Sandip Somany, President, FICCI, Naga Prasad Tummala, Chairman, FICCI ARISE & Chairman, People Combine Initiatives, Shishir Jaipuria, Governing Body Member, FICCI ARISE, Prabhat Jain, Founding Chairman, FICCI ARISE, Manit Jain, Co-Chairman, FICCI ARISE and Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.