The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that all School syllabi in the country should be reduced by fifty percent and Students should learn 50% from their Classrooms and 50% from Playgrounds. He was interacting with the Students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in Hyderabad. The Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Mohammad Mahmood Ali and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. The Vice President said that Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has played a pivotal role in the education scenario of this country since its inception in 1938. He further said that the young Students would soon be called upon to be leaders of India’s journey towards development. You should prepare yourself; equip yourself starting today, so that you will be ready when called upon to be leaders of a resurgent India, he added. Saying that it is important to learn from books, the Vice President said that it is good to know facts and understand theories, but it is more important to be able to understand concepts and to gauge their practical applications. It is important to learn to do things, to develop practical and pragmatic wisdom, he added. The Vice President said that whole examinations should be based on measuring the child’s capacity simply to question the things around him or her. This will encourage young people to never be content with the status quo and help to make change a relatively easy process, he said. The Vice President urged the young students to never let their marks define or restrict them in any way. You are much more than the numbers on your report card, he added. The President opined that education imparted should be all encompassing, comprehensive and holistic. He further said that only half the school time should be spent in classrooms learning, the other half should be spent in playgrounds and in nature. Some of life’s crucial lessons are learnt by the children from playgrounds, such as sportsmanship, empathy and teamwork, he added. Along with physical fitness schools should also encourage other extracurricular activities, the Vice President said. Love for the fine arts and interest in literary activities should also be inculcated in children, they teach children the art of living and working together, he added.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that education is an instrument of social transformation adding that it forms the foundation for empowering women, especially in a country like India. Delivering the Convocation address at the University College for Women in Hyderabad, he said that no country can make progress if women lag behind. Educating a woman would not only empower an individual but an entire family. Expressing his concern over gender inequality, he warned that subordination of women in various spheres would have serious negative consequences. Calling for breaking down walls and defying stereotypes, he emphasized that women, who constitute more than half the population, need to be given voice and space. “Empowering women is empowering entire humanity”, he asserted. Education is not only for employment, it leads to enhancement of knowledge, enlightenment and empowerment of individuals, he said. Observing that we need women at all levels, the Vice President called for strengthening social, economic, political and legal avenues to ensure equal rights for women. Political participation of women was extremely crucial in strengthening the democratic process in the country, he added.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is quickly becoming a global leader and lifting millions out of poverty and added that country requires skilled youth to accelerate the growth process. Addressing the founder’s day celebrations of CHIREC International School in Hyderabad, he stressed on the need to teach students the great culture, heritage of India. He asked Educational institutions in the country to take an active lead and revamp the system to make it more relevant and contemporary and ensure that our institutions churn out ideal citizens. The Vice President said that the mechanical fashion of memorising the subjects must go and said that such rote method of learning is detrimental to overall personality development of the child. Education must foster creativity, critical thinking, open learning and impart analytical skills. It must help students to become good human beings, he said. The Vice President suggested educational institutions and policy makers to take steps to reduce the burden on students. First and foremost, the syllabus at the school level has to be drastically cut to reduce the load on students. The time spent by students in school should be divided equally between the classroom and play field, he added. The Vice President said that the participation in sports and other extra-curricular activities will help in improving physical and mental health, and fostering active citizenship and social inclusion.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that students should develop compassion and service in their minds. He was addressing the gathering after going through the Innovation and Skill Development Activities at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The Vice President said that as students of this school they all have to make values in their lives. He further said that students should respect their parents, teachers, and fellow citizens. We need to develop compassion and service in our minds and everybody should work together for the development of the country with a sense of collective responsibility, he added. The Vice President advised the students to make it a habit to read good books right from a young age. We have many books that build personality and these books have innumerable values that our ancient saints, modern pioneers, and others have given with their experiences, he added. The Vice President said that education is losing its relevance as it is treated as a means to get certificates and grades. There should be revolutionary changes in our education system which makes future generations of our nation, he added.
Greeting the Teachers' community, and paying tribute to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan on Teachers' Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that teachers inspire as well as inform, educate and enlighten. In an email sent to lakhs of teachers, the Prime Minister mentioned their tremendous influence on the lives of children, and added that the values inculcated by teachers stay with the students for a lifetime. The Prime Minister quoted former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who had said: "Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual." Narendra Modi said that the 21st century will be shaped by societies that accord topmost importance to education, research, and innovation. "Needless to say, this makes the role of our teachers extremely vital," he added. "I am sure you are keeping up-to-date with the latest advances in technology and further connecting your students with the technological trends," the Prime Minister wrote in his letter to teachers. He also mentioned some of the efforts that the Government of India is undertaking to bring about a paradigm shift in the education sector. "Thanks to the monumental efforts of teachers like you, the focus has successfully shifted from outlays to outcomes, from teaching to learning. The emphasis on skill development has received a significant push due to the Atal Tinkering Labs. Numerous universities are being set up across India so that no youngster is denied the joys of quality education," the Prime Minister said. Noting that on 2nd October, we mark the start of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, the Prime Minister exhorted the teaching community to take the lead in furthering the thoughts and noble ideals of Bapu in an innovative manner, among the students. He appreciated the "stupendous role of the teaching community in strengthening the Swachh Bharat Mission." Reiterating his vision of a New India by 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom, the Prime Minister urged the teaching community to devote the coming four years towards fulfilling the dreams and vision of those who gave their lives for our freedom. "I urge you to focus on any issue close to your heart, mobilise local communities and make a positive difference in the lives of those around you. This would be a fitting tribute to our freedom fighters and further the resolve to build a New India," the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the awardees of National Teachers’ Awards, 2017 at Lok Kalyan Marg, on the eve of Teachers' Day. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar, was also present on the occasion. Prime Minister congratulated the awardees for their efforts towards improving the quality of education in the country. He commended their dedication towards education and for making it their life mantra. He said that a teacher remains a teacher throughout life. During the interaction, Prime Minister urged the awardees to mobilize the community and to make them an integral part of school development. He also exhorted the teachers to work towards bringing out the inherent strength of students, especially those from poor and rural background. Prime Minister said that the educators should work towards removing the disconnect between the teachers and the students, so that teachers are remembered by the students throughout their life. He also encouraged the teachers to digitally transform their schools and its neighbourhood. Interacting with the Prime Minister, the awardees narrated their inspirational stories in transforming their schools into centres of learning and excellence. They also thanked the Prime Minister for the new online nomination process and for schemes like Digital India, which is bringing a big qualitative change in school education throughout the country. This year, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had revised the guidelines for the selection of Teachers for National Awards. The new scheme envisages self-nomination and was inspired by recent innovations in major national awards. The scheme is transparent, fair, and rewards demonstrated excellence and performance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be interacting with the recipients of the National Teachers’ Awards on 4th September (i.e the eve of National Teachers’ Day), and the Vice President will be conferring the awards on them at a function on 5th September i.e. Teachers’ Day. This year, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has revised the guidelines for the selection of Teachers for National Awards (2017).The basic premise now is that the new scheme should be transparent, fair, and reward demonstrated excellence and performance and has been inspired by recent innovations in major national awards.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked the Students to take active part in the process of nation building. He was interacting with the fresh Students from different centres of Jawaharlal Nehru University, here today. With more than 65% of the population below the age of 35, it is essential for a country like India to realize its demographic dividend to become an economic superpower, he added. The Vice President explained the students about the parliamentary system and the role and functioning of both the houses of Parliament. He also stressed on the importance of committees such as Parliamentary Standing Committee and informed them about crucial Parliamentary procedures. Indian Parliamentary system is the best and our three-tier structure of governance help the governments implements programmes, he added. The Vice President asked the Students to develop the habit of living with nature. We need to protect nature and culture for a better future, he added. Saying that ‘Share and Care’ are the core values of Indian Philosophy, the Vice President also asked them to develop the feeling of oneness and be empathetic to needs and sufferings of fellow citizens. The Vice President asked them to take active role in welfare of their native places adding that one should never forget their Janmabhoomi. He also asked the students to remember the Mother, Mother tongue, Guru. The Vice President advocated that a leader should possess four C’s – Character, Calibre, Capacity and Conduct. Four D’s for the youth – Discipline, Determination, Dedication and Devotion to the cause are vital for national development, he added. Be proud to be called as Bharateeya and live as Bharateeya, the Vice President advised. He also asked students to aim and dream high and also work hard to realize the dreams. More than 250 Students from JNU have participated in the interaction and the Vice President has personally shown the Uparashtrapati residence to the Students.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the basic Education in the country should be taught in Indian languages only. He was addressing the 7th Convocation of O.P. Jindal Global University The Vice President said that education should also inculcate humane values, tolerance, promote ethical and compassionate behaviour in children and added that it must not only equip the students with skills and knowledge to face the contemporary and future challenges. Highlighting the role of education in one’s life, the Vice President said that it must bring out the best in man and enable holistic development of an individual. He further said that a person with a strong moral compass will not get swayed or compromise on integrity. Education is the bedrock on which depends the progress of a nation and its people, he added. The Vice President said that education system must not only set new benchmarks of excellence but fosters a caring and sharing attitude. He further said that it cultivates an inclusive outlook and promotes the need to become one with nature. We need such education in the present era of globalisation and materialism, he added. The Vice President said that the time has come for India to rediscover its potential to become once again the global hub of knowledge and innovation. We need to build the right ecosystem for academic excellence to thrive by revamping our education system, he added. The Vice President said that we have to reorient the education system in accordance with the changing needs and enable the students to fearlessly face and overcome unexpected and new challenges, he added. Stressing on the need to raise standards relating to the quality of teaching, faculty, research, and capacity building in our universities, the Vice President said that such improvements would raise India’s stature as a knowledge-producing rising power and also provide opportunities to our youth to build careers that are meaningful and rewarding Vice President also called for strong, non-profit, philanthropic private universities, aimed at providing quality education and promoting academic freedom need to emerge at the earliest. This process needs to go hand-in hand with the development of existing public universities that suffer from inadequate funding for faculty and infrastructure, he added.
The President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the centenary celebrations of St. Thomas’ college, in Thrissur, Kerala. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Christian community in Kerala is one of the oldest not only in India but anywhere in the world. Its heritage and history are a matter of immense pride for the entire country – and a symbol of India’s non-negotiable commitment to its diversity and pluralism. The President said that the motto of St Thomas’ College – Veritas vos Liberabit or Truth will set you Free – is extremely appropriate. It reminds us that the real value of education lies not in examinations and in degrees – but in how we learn to help fellow human beings and care for those who are less well-off or in need of what we have and can share with them. It is this mission that must continue to guide us as we strive to educate and build our society, and fashion the Kerala and India of our dreams. Educational institutions like St Thomas’ College are critical to that journey.