Char­ac­ter-build­ing is more im­por­tant than lit­er­acy: PM

Stresses on need for ‘in­ter­link­ing’ in­sti­tu­tions

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi Satur­day em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of char­ac­ter­build­ing over lit­er­acy and called for “whole­some” ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

He was ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of “Con­fer­ence on Aca­demic Lead­er­ship on Ed­u­ca­tion for Resur­gence” or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment.

“Knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion are not re­stricted to books. The pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion is to en­able balanced growth of every di­men­sion of a hu­man be­ing, which is not pos­si­ble with­out in­no­va­tion,” Modi said. “Ambed­kar, Deen Dayal Upad­hya and Ram Manohar Lo­hiya al­ways em­pha­sised on char­ac­ter­build­ing over lit­er­acy. Swami Vivekananda stressed on whole­some ed­u­ca­tion that makes us a hu­man,” he added.

The prime min­is­ter as­serted that with­out in­no­va­tion life would be­come a bur­den.

“In­no­va­tion is very im­por­tant be­cause with­out it, life seems like a bur­den. In our an­cient uni­ver­si­ties like Tak­shshila, Na­landa and Vikra­mashila, in­no­va­tion was given em­pha­sis along with knowl­edge.

“I in­sist that stu­dents should give knowl­edge in class­rooms of col­lege, univer­sity but they also add them to the as­pi­ra­tions of the coun­try,” he said. Stress­ing upon the need for “in­ter­link­ing” the in­sti­tu­tions, Modi said no coun­try or per­son can live in iso­la­tion.

“Our uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges should be lever­aged to find so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges fac­ing us. We should in­ter­link in­sti­tu­tions to in­no­vate and in­cu­bate. The stu­dents should link their class­room learn­ings to the as­pi­ra­tions of the coun­try,” he said. The prime min­is­ter em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of pre­par­ing good teach­ers for so­ci­ety.

“Schol­ars and stu­dents can take re­spon­si­bil­ity for spread­ing dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, and gen­er­at­ing greater aware­ness of gov­ern­ment pro­grammes that can im­prove ease of liv­ing. Youth has given ‘Brand In­dia’ a global iden­tity,” he said.

The con­fer­ence is be­ing at­tended by vice chan­cel­lors and di­rec­tors of over 350 higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

It is be­ing or­gan­ised jointly by Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion, All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, In­dian Coun­cil of So­cial Sci­ence Re­search, Indira Gandhi Na­tional Cen­tre for the Arts, Indira Gandhi Na­tional Open Univer­sity, Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity and Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tri­cen­te­nary Univer­sity.

The theme of the con­fer­ence is to de­lib­er­ate on the chal­lenges fac­ing the In­dian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and to work out a plan for a par­a­digm shift both in terms of achiev­ing aca­demic out­comes and also in reg­u­la­tion of ed­u­ca­tion.

Some of the top­ics that will be cov­ered dur­ing the con­fer­ence in­clude im­prov­ing ped­a­gogy for learner cen­tric ed­u­ca­tion, use of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence for cus­tomised learn­ing, im­prov­ing qual­ity of re­search, bring­ing syn­ergy among ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, par­tic­i­pa­tory gov­er­nance models and pro­mot­ing value ed­u­ca­tion by build­ing in univer­sal val­ues and life skills into ed­u­ca­tion.

PHOTO:PTI

PM Naren­dra Modi at the “Aca­demic Lead­er­ship on Ed­u­ca­tion for Resur­gence” meet at Vi­gyan Bhawan on Satur­day

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