Ed­u­ca­tion with­out aim no bet­ter than a cer­tifi­cate: PM

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NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day stressed on in­no­va­tion in ed­u­ca­tion and char­ac­ter-build­ing as its goal, say­ing that ed­u­ca­tion with­out aim Is noth­ing more than A CER­TI­ICATE hang­ing on one’s wall.

The prime min­is­ter, while in­au­gu­rat­ing the ‘Con­fer­ence on Aca­demic Lead­er­ship on Ed­u­ca­tion for Resur­gence’, re­called Swami Vivekananda’s em­pha­sis on self-re­liance, char­ac­ter-build­ing, and hu­man val­ues, as el­e­ments of ed­u­ca­tion.

“When there is no in­no­va­tion in life, it ceases to move. There can­not ever be any time, any era, or any sys­tem, which can sus­tain with­out in­no­va­tion. One is forced to carry life like a bur­den if one fails to innovate,” Modi said while ad­dress­ing Vice Chan­cel­lors and Direc­tors of over 350 higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

Speak­ing on ‘resur­gence’ of ed­u­ca­tion he said the na­ture of ed­u­ca­tion should be such that it ac­com­mo­dates one’s own needs and also be­comes use­ful to the so­ci­ety.

“IF ED­U­CA­TION Is AC­QUIRED with­out any goal then it is noth­ing more that a CER­TI­ICATE HANG­ING on one’s wall,” HE SAID.

Re­fer­ring to the In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (IIM) Act, which en­ti­tled IIMS to de­cide their course fees, syl­labi, and hir­ing of fac­ulty, Modi said he was sur­prised by the aca­demic fra­ter­nity’s si­lence on the re­form. “I am sur­prised that no aca­demic is talk­ing about this. The re­forms that we did with IIMS are un­prece­dented in the his­tory of higher ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia,” he said.

The Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion’s (UGC) de­ci­sion of graded au­ton­omy will not only im­prove the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion but will also help in­sti­tu­tions to be­come the best, he said.

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