President asks educational institutions to instill sense of ownership in students

The President said that there is need to propagate
technology use in the dispensation of education. A fast digitalizing world
holds scope to usher in sweeping changes in pedagogy and teaching-learning
structures. Our efforts in harnessing new technology are at a nascent stage. We
cannot afford to lose time.

We have to leverage our advanced technological
institutions and leadership position in IT. Alongside, we have to remove the
wedge between digital ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which
seeks to bridge the digital divide through computer education, should look for
inter-linkages with the ‘Digital India’ programme that envisages provision of
digital infrastructure to create a digitally-empowered knowledge society.

The President stated that a profound objective of
education is transformation of the individual and the nation. India has the
largest young population in the world. It poses both a challenge and an
opportunity to our policymakers to harness the youth power productively by
equipping them with relevant knowledge and skills. Modern education promotes a
spirit of competitiveness and utilitarianism. But it should never lead to
creation of a generation that turns a blind eye to the problems afflicting the
society. The youth should be pro-active participants in nation-building. The
onus is on them to find solutions to burning problems in sanitation, drinking
water, energy, accessibility to remote areas, public health and so on.

It is incumbent on our educational institutions to
instill in our students a sense of ownership of the country’s future, and
responsibility in steering India to greater heights. It is equally important to
inculcate in them values – patriotism, compassion, honesty, discipline and
respect for women – that have cherished human society and our ancient civilization.

Maulana Azad had effected sea-change in our
education system six decades back. It is time again to rejuvenate it to usher
in real change. On this National Education Day, let us all vow to make that

On the occasion, the President also launched ‘Know
Your College Portal’ and the website of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. The programme
also witnessed the launch of two scholarship schemes – Saksham and Pragati.The
Skills Credit Framework developed by AICTE was released by the Union Minister
of Human Resource Development and its first copy was presented to the


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