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"Modern Education in India Must Incorporate the Beautiful Ideas Embedded in Tagore’s ‘Natural Education’." - President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

“Modern Education in India Must Incorporate the Beautiful Ideas Embedded in Tagore’s ‘Natural Education’.” – President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi : 07-12-2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 48th Convocation of Visva-Bharati University at Shantiniketan today (December 7, 2013).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said Visva-Bharati is the culminating product of a radical experiment on education system by its founder, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore brought education into the open, and near to the nature. Tagore knew that the cause of misery was the drifting away from nature by mankind. The growing disconnect of man with nature continues to this day. Modern education in India must incorporate the beautiful ideas embedded in Tagore’s ‘natural education’. It must be, as Tagore had envisaged, an education for full development in life.

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Bridging the Digital Divide Essential for Inclusive, Sustained Development - Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India

Bridging the Digital Divide Essential for Inclusive, Sustained Development – Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that there is consensus that knowledge would be the key driving force in the 21st century. The ability to use and create knowledge capital will determine a country’s capacity to empower and enable its citizens by increasing human capabilities. Knowledge would also determine the pace and trajectory of socio-economic development of countries, besides their global competitiveness. Addressing after inaugurating the “International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL)” on the theme ‘Vision 2020 – Looking back and Forging New Frontiers’organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) here today, he said that the realisation of these objectives would naturally involve the widest possible dissemination and imparting of knowledge amongst all sections of society. In this endeavour, digital libraries would be a critical instrument as they would enable people to access, share, and apply knowledge in a more efficient and effective manner.   

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HRD Minister Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju Asks Industry to Join Hands to Boost Skill Development

The HRD Minster Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju asked the industry to participate more vigorously with government in skill development. Speaking at a conference on Government public initiative for skill building in information technology and telecom sector in New Delhi today, he said we have to provide necessary skill to one crore twenty lakh youth joining the work force every year to take full advantage of demographic dividend. He said that Industry has to contribute in achieving the target of skilling 50 crore youth by 2022. 

Stressing the need for putting skill in education, he said we need to periodically revise curriculum to make it more industry friendly. Dr. Raju said, it will also enhance the employability of our youth and their income. Speaking on the occasion the Communication and Information Technology Minister, Shri Kapil Sibal said there has to be a paradigm shift in our education sector following fast paced technology changes. He said skill requirement cannot be adequately met through usual university system. Asking for a tripartite system for skill developmen , Shri Sibal said that skill development system needs to work closely with all the sectors of the economy to meet their peculiar requirements. Pushing for PPP model the Minister said the country has to be ready for cyber space. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary (Higher Education) Shri Ashok Thakur said that all the centrally funded Institutions, right from IIT to polytechnique, will have to co-opt the community colleges to meet skill development at the community level by the end of current five year plan in 2017. Expressing satisfaction over development in community colleges area, he said funds have been released to 120 community colleges this year. The Secretary said Universities have started implementing National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) guidelines and they will work with 200 medical colleges for skill development. 

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India-Mauritius Sign Two MOUs to Boost Educational Ties

India-Mauritius Sign Two MOUs to Boost Educational Ties

Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development visited Mauritius on 19th-20th November, 2013. During the visit, Dr. Pallam Raju paid a courtesy call on the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam and held bilateral meetings with the Minister for Tertiary Education, Science and Research, Dr. R. Jeetah as also with Minister of Education and Human Resources of the Republic of Mauritius Dr. Vasant Kumar Bunwaree. 

Two MoUs were signed during this visit. The first MoU is between IIT, Delhi and Mauritius Research Council for setting up of an International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) in Mauritius. The aim of the IITRA is to provide world class research based educational platform for full time and part time post graduate research leading to MS(Research) and Ph.D. degrees to be awarded by IIT Delhi in identified areas (clusters). IITRA aims to attract foreign researchers and students to Mauritius, mainly from Africa and Asia and build core research infrastructure including faculty and facilities. In the initial phase spanning a period of 5 years, IIT Delhi will help IITRA to build a core research facility including research infrastructure and capacity. It is expected that 6 clusters will be implemented with a total of 25 faculty members and some 50 research scholars. IIT Delhi will provide the required academic leadership necessary for setting up the IITRA, partnering in defining the research and education agenda as well as help recruit faculty and admitting students as per norms of IIT Delhi.

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2nd Day of Bharat Nirman Pubic Information Campaign Focused on Education and Employment

The second day of Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign at Shahzadpur, Ambala was mainly devoted to education, employment and related rights. Speaking on the Right to Education, Block Primary Education Officer Sh. Satpal Kaushik said that in this Act the Centre had provided for free education to all up to the age of 14. Giving details of the provisions of this law, he said that special attention had been given to the education of girls. He informed that literacy rate for males in Haryana is 84 percent whereas for females, it is 56 percent, thereby need for focusing on the education of girls. 

In his address on MNREGA, Shri Balwinder Attri, Deputy Director (M&C), PIB Jalandhar informed that on an average 480 lakh families are given employment annually. The Centre Government has spent Rs. 2,38,400 crore till the end of March 2013 since the schemes was launched in 2006, he added. He further said that under a new provision under MNREGA, small warehouses can be set up at the block and Panchayat level. People belonging to states like Haryana and Punjab can avail this facility as these are surplus states in the agriculture produce. The states have just to provide land for these warehouses, which can have capacity of upto 18000 tons. On Land Acquisition Act, he said that under the new law, land could be acquired only with the consent of land-owners. The compensations for land in rural areas will be four times the market rate, whereas it would be double the market rate for urban areas. 

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"True Education Should Equip Individuals To Live Creatively, Responsibly And Peacefully And To Become Agents of Change For A Better Society" – Vice President

“True Education Should Equip Individuals To Live Creatively, Responsibly And Peacefully And To Become Agents of Change For A Better Society” – Vice President

Vice President Addresses at Valedictory Function of Quartoseptcentennial (175 Years) of Madras Christian College  

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that the importance of faith and values in education has been emphasized in human society down the ages. Aristotle rightly said that “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. More recently, Gandhi ji stressed that literary education is of no value, if it is not able to build up a sound character. If the young friends in the audience follow these dicta, they will improve themselves and at the same time contribute to making this world a much better place for all to live in. Addressing at the “Valedictory Function of the Quartoseptcentennial (175 years) of Madras Christian College (MCC)” in Chennai, Tamil Nadu today, he has said that the goal of education is not to produce machine-like humans. It is to inculcate in them a social conscience so that they build a fine balance between the heart and mind. True education should equip individuals to live creatively, responsibly, and peacefully and to become agents of change for a better society.

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Vice President Inaugurates Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai

Vice President Inaugurates Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that as India marches ahead on the path of rapid economic growth and development, the imperative of inclusion of the minority communities in the development process cannot be overemphasized. Neither can the maintenance of social harmony and peaceful coexistence amongst various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups in our diverse society. Addressing at the “Inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu” today, he has said that according to the 2001 census, recognised religious minorities comprise 18.4% of our population, which translates into approximately 185 million people. This number today could be around 220 million. If we include others who are claiming inclusion in this category, it could be said in general terms that every fifth Indian citizen belongs to a religious minority. The progress and well being of such a large segment of our population is a necessity to enable us to realize our destiny of becoming a modern, progressive and prosperous state.

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HRD Ministry to Celebrate National Education Day at Gangtok, Sikkim

HRD Ministry to Celebrate National Education Day at Gangtok, Sikkim

The Ministry of Human Resource Development in collaboration with NCERT will be celebrating National Education Day on 11th of November this year at Gangtok, Sikkim. Ministry of HRD has been celebrating National Education Day since 2008. It is celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a great freedom fighter, an eminent educationist and the first Education Minister of India. It was also celebrated at Mewat in 2008. 

The main function will be held at Gangtok. On this occasion, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will also inaugurate the 40th Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition. This year the theme of the Exhibition will be ‘Science and Society’. The objective is to develop scientific temper in the society and also to develop enhanced learning of mathematical capabilities in the children. Some 400 children from across the country will come to Sikkim in order to participate in the Exhibition. 

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