Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that education must aim at holistic development of an individual by imbuing the right qualities of head and heart. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Academic & Seminar Complex and laying the foundation stone for Students and Research Scholars’ Hostel at Mizoram University, in Aizawl, Mizoram. The Vice President said that better infrastructure creates better conditions for quality learning to take place. He further said that it is a necessary catalyst for improving the quality in any educational institution. This campus with its infrastructure and lively environment will be a congenial place for youngsters to pursue academic ambitions and realize their dreams, he added. The Vice President said that education must prepare the students of today to take on the challenges of tomorrow. It must not only equip them with the latest knowledge but also impart the required skill sets to enable them to be successful in their chosen fields, he added. The Vice President advised the students also to consider becoming entrepreneurs, job givers and not merely job seekers. He further said that they have a number of alternative career paths and choose the one that they feel passionate about and work to build up their skill set accordingly. Education is for enhancement of our competence, for empowerment, for enlightenment and for employment and enhancing our employability, he added.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in Jammu. At another event, he also laid the Foundation Stone of the Pakaldul Power Project, and Jammu Ring Road. He inaugurated the Tarakote Marg and Material Ropeway, of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. In his address at the convocation, the Prime Minister said that technology is bringing about change in all spheres of life, and the youth of our country is keeping pace with these developments. He said that even in agriculture, there is need to develop a new "culture" through infusion of technology, to benefit farmers. The Prime Minister said that the policies and decisions of the Union Government are aimed at increasing the income of farmers. He expressed confidence that through Scientific Approach, Technological Innovations, and Research and Development the graduating students would play an active role in turning agriculture into a profitable profession. After laying the Foundation Stone of the Pakuldul project, the Prime Minister said it is a unique day when one hydropower project has been inaugurated; and the Foundation Stone has been laid for another one. He said that the Union Government is working with an approach of "isolation to integration" to develop all the hitherto under-developed parts of the country. He said that the Tarakote Marg would provide an alternative route to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, which would facilitate pilgrims. He said tourism, especially spiritual tourism, is a very important source of income generation for the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has the chance to re-emerge as the global powerhouse in the field of education and called for revamping the syllabi and improving the infrastructure to impart world class quality education. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the new campus of the Central University of Kerala and dedicating the educational institution to the nation, in Kasargod, Kerala today. He said that India was once known as ‘Vishwaguru’ and people from across the globe used to come here to study and acquire knowledge and expertise in different domains. The Vice President said that from private educational institutions to Central Universities like this, every academic organization must work in a mission mode to revamp the educational architecture in tune with the requirements of the 21st century to make India a leading nation in the field of education and innovation. He said the education system should aim at the creation of a new, inclusive society, non-violent and non-exploitative, consisting of highly cultivated and motivated individuals inspired by love for humanity and guided by wisdom. He asked the students to be the torch bearers of our culture, traditions, ethos and customs. There is nothing wrong in adopting and assimilating good practices from elsewhere, but always remain rooted to our age-old culture and heritage, he added. The Vice President recollected the famous words of the Father of the Nation - “I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any”. The Vice President said that Education must lay the foundation for the progress of a nation adding that higher education, in particular, has an important role in building a knowledge-based society of the 21st century. He further said that higher education system should expand qualitatively and quantitatively for the betterment of the nation and society. Graduates need to be competitive not only in a local or national context, but in an increasingly global market, he added. The Vice President said that in this ‘global village’ our graduates as future leaders need a new kind of intercultural understanding, respect for common rules and fair play, an understanding of different interests, views and ways of thinking, and the ability to analyze and synthesize, he added. The Vice President expressed the hope that in future various courses, including science & technology, will be taught in respective local languages in various States. Expressing his concern over the increasing atrocities on women and girls, he said that the mindset has to be changed to address this menace. He emphasized the need for people to collectively fight against social evils like atrocities on women and caste discrimination.
The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that education should not only prepare our youth to face challenges of a technologically-driven knowledge society, but also make them analyze critically and come out with innovative solutions to the problems faced by people. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the IILM University Gurugram Campus from IILM Lodhi Road Campus. The Vice President said that students should be confident of dreaming big and exploring uncharted territories and remain rooted to our culture, traditions, customs and history. He further said that they should never neglect their parents, mother tongue, motherland and native village. They should always believe in co-existing harmoniously with nature for a better future, he added. The Vice President expressed concern over the global ranking of Indian Universities and said that there are more than 800 universities in the country and none of them figures in the top ranked global institutes. The Vice President said that merely expanding infrastructure with sleek-looking buildings will not make an institution excellent unless it imparts education of highest standards without compromising on quality. Liberal and interdisciplinary education is must to get a holistic perspective of the increasingly knowledge-centric and interdependent world, he added. Vice President said that education in silos will not equip students for future. Liberal education with focus on technology, skill development and entrepreneurship will serve well the students, industry and the society, he added.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has set up a seven-member committee to examine the CBSE board’s examination process. The committee is headed by former HRD Secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi. Other members are former CBSE Controller of Examination Pavnesh Kumar, former NCERT Director J.S. Rajput, Mumbai-based SNDT Women’s University’s former Vice Chancellor Vasudha Kamat, former Education Director (Uttar Pradesh) Krishna Mohan Tripathy, senior representative of Director General (National Information Centre) and the Joint Secretary (SE-II). A Ministry statement read that the panel will examine the conduct of Class 10 and Class 12 examinations by the CBSE in order to prevent leak of question papers and revisit all aspects related to security checks built into the system to ensure question papers reach examinees without any tampering and will take measures to make the examination process “secure and foolproof through the use of technology”. The panel will further submit a report by May 31 to the Ministry.
The government recently announced that no re-examination of the Class 10 maths paper will be conducted anywhere in the country. The decision was taken in the interest of Class 10 students who had already written their exams on March 28 but were told to sit again after it was learnt that the maths question paper had been leaked. Human Resource Development Ministry Secretary Anil Swarup stated, “Consequent to the preliminary evaluation of the impact of reportedly leaked CBSE Class 10 maths paper and keeping in mind the paramount interest of students, the CBSE has decided not to conduct re-examination even in Delhi, NCR (National Capital Region) and Haryana.”
The Congress recently stated that PM Narendra Modi must speak out on the CBSE paper leak issue and provide a solution to students who had been affected by it as well. Congress leader Pawan Khera said, “It is unfortunate that the youth of this country are turning (into) cynics. It's a serious matter. Arun Jaitley is quiet, so is Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani is glum. So let Modiji answer and provide a solution for the youth.” Khera added, “Today, parents and students don't know what the government wants. (Prakash) Javadekarji says that other than those in Delhi and NCR no other child has to appear for a retest.” “Why is there no clarity? Don't they understand that they are playing with the future of our youth,” he asked.
The HRD ministry suspended one board official over the CBSE paper leaks and initiated a probe even as the Delhi Police's Crime Branch arrested three persons, including two teachers of a private school, for their alleged involvement in the leak of the Class 12 economics paper. Rishabh (29) and Rohit (26), teachers at Mother Khajani Convent School, a private school in Bawana, and Tauqeer, 26, a tutor at a private coaching centre there were arrested. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar said that the school is under the scanner as well for allegedly providing the question paper to the teachers around 9.10 am, 35 minutes before the stipulated time, during which the two accused Rohit and Rishabh, allegedly clicked the pictures of the paper and sent them to Tauqeer, who circulated them to a student. The police traced Tauqeer through 10 WhatsApp numbers used for circulating the leaked paper. The papers circulated through WhatsApp had a location code that matched with that of the code assigned to the private school from where the paper was leaked. A student, who had got the paper, was found and he led the police to Tauqeer who then shared details of his accomplices with the police after which the trio were arrested. The police have questioned the principal and five teachers of the school in connection with the case as well. Further, School Education Secretary Anil Swarup stated that K S Rana, a CBSE official, has been suspended over laxity in supervising an examination centre in connection with the paper leaks.
Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar recently stated that only students based in Delhi and Haryana will have to appear for the re-exam of Class 10 paper if the police investigation points to a ‘large-scale leak.’ Javadekar tweeted, “I am amazed to see headlines in some news channels about confusion over retest. Out of 16 lakh students, more than 14 lakh students of Class X will not have to give retest in Maths.” The minister said that students in other states will not have to appear in the re-exam. However, the re-test of the Class 12 paper that leaked this week will be held across the country on April 25, the government has said. The papers of class XII Economics held on March 26, and class X Maths, held on March 28, were leaked on social media hours before the examination.
The person who had warned the CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education on the night before the Class 10 math test that the question paper had leaked has been identified by the police. The person’s identity, however, has not been revealed and he is now being questioned by cops who had reached out to Google to trace the email address. It had been reported that the Delhi Police's Crime Branch had received a reply from Google on the details it had sought about the email address from where the CBSE chairperson was sent a mail about the mathematics paper being leaked. A senior police officer said they had got a reply from Google but had not divulged any further details on the same. The police continued with their efforts to trace the origin of the paper leak as they visited more schools and coaching centres in outer Delhi. About 53 students and seven teachers had been questioned while six WhatsApp groups that were involved in sharing the papers were also being looked into.