[lg policy] evamp education to equip youth for 21st century: Venkaiah Naidu

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jun 10 10:45:38 EDT 2019

Revamp education to equip youth for 21st century: Venkaiah Naidu




Bengaluru, June 9 Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called upon
the stakeholders to revamp the education system to equip the youth with
knowledge, skill and attitude required for the 21st century.

"As education is a catalyst for growth, nations prosper only when its
citizens become educated. Need to revamp our entire education system to
equip our youth for the 21st century," Naidu said at an event here.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of Sri Satya Sai Institute of
Higher Learning, Naidu said education should be transformational and not
transactional as Sai Baba had shown by inspiring millions of people the
world over.

Spiritual leader Sai Baba (1924-2011) of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh is
well known for setting up scores of educational and religious institutions,
super-specialty hospitals and charitable trusts in the service of the
people, especially the needy, children and women. Puttaparthi is 150 km
north of Bengaluru.

Quoting the Kothari Commission's report (1964-68) on the country's
education policy, Naidu said the 2019 draft National Education Policy
stressed on excellence and equity.

"The draft education policy strikes a balance between national needs and
ethos and prepares the youth to be among the best in the global context,"
he told the gathering.

Calling for a pragmatic language policy, the Vice-President said it should
give due importance to mother tongues and other languages to help students
excel in a multi-lingual world.

Noting that India is a knowledge-based economy, Naidu said that in order to
thrive in a rapidly-changing world, the focus of the education system
should be on the all-round development of an individual's personality.

"Intellectual brilliance must be combined with good deeds and compassionate
behaviour," he added.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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