Character-building is more important than literacy: PM
Stresses on need for ‘interlinking’ institutions
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.
PM Narendra Modi at the “Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence” meet at Vigyan Bhawan on Saturday