Vice President says education should be affordable, equitable and inclusive

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for revamping the education system to prepare students to effectively face the challenges of the 21st century, while upholding the Indian values and ethos at the same time.

Inaugurating the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of BHS Higher Education Society, in Bengaluru today, he wanted the New Education Policy to focus more on comprehensive history of India, apart from our rich culture and heritage. He said the history books should contain the contributions made by great freedom fighters from different parts of the country.

Naidu said that our education system must make our institutions of higher learning and universities the centres of excellence with international standards. “We need an education system that transforms a student to become a complete human being, who is sensitive to the needs of others, understands the other point of view and respects and values others for what they are,” he added.

The Vice President advised the teachers, educationists, researchers, and parents to make a study of the draft of the new education policy put forth by the government and make their suggestions to make it robust and more Indian, more equitable and inclusive. “Policymakers and the educationists must ensure that every child receives a holistic education,” he added.

Expressing his concern over the rising cost of education, he said that it was a worrisome trend.  Saying that education was the fundamental requirement and it must be made affordable, he asserted that providing quality education should not be equated with costly education.

There is also a need to make it education more equitable and inclusive. Policy makers and the educationists must ensure that every child receives holistic education. “I advise all the teachers gathered here, the educationists, researchers, and parents to make a study of the draft of the new education policy and make their suggestions to make it robust and more Indian”, he added. 

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