India needs to re-engineer its education system: Vice President

RSTV Bureau

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressed the 95th Annual Convocation the University of Delhi earlier today.

He congratulated the University and said that its vision reflected its long term commitment to nation building and an unflinching adherence to universal human values. He added that the motto of the University, ‘Nishtha Dhriti Satyam’, Dedication, Steadfastness and Truth justly reflected its ideals. Congratulating all the graduating students and prize winners, especially the young women, the Vice President appreciated the University’s focus on women’s education.

The Vice President observed that India had undertaken a long and arduous, yet rewarding journey in the field of education, from the “Guru –Shishya parampara” of learning under the shadow of a tree in the ancient times, to becoming the third largest in the world in the field of higher education. The Vice President tasked the Universities of India with the responsibility of moulding young people into productive, enlightened citizens.

Reminding everyone that India’s aim is inclusive and sustainable development, the Vice President said that the path to reach this goal had to be paved by the enterprising, intelligent and resourceful youth of the country.

The Vice President expressed his deep concern that the rise in the number of educational institutions in India had not led to corresponding improvement in the quality of education granted in the country. He opined that there was a need to re-engineer our entire education system. He warned that the ‘One size fits all’ approach followed by us so far will not take us anywhere and said that young people should be given the space to think freely.

We cannot keep forcing the same syllabus on a student who excels in Science and a student who is a savant in music, he added.

He also said that only half the time of a student should be spent in classrooms the rest should be spent in the community, in the playground, in nature and in open air to ensure balanced education.

The Vice President urged the students to not let their degrees and mark lists limit themselves.

The Vice President said that there was a need to restore India’s ancient glory as a prime destination of quality higher education.

India was once known as ‘Vishwaguru’ and our universities were international centers of excellence, he added.

He urged the private sector to play a more active role in meeting the demands of higher education and find ways to cross subsidise the education for the poor and the needy.