The Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu has suggested revisiting the education system to focus more on heritage, culture, history, values, traditions, and ethos of India. He stated that the stories of valour, sacrifice, and contributions of our leaders and freedom fighters should be an important aspect of the education system. He elaborated on the same while delivering a speech at the diamond jubilee celebrations of PGDAV college on Sunday.
Educational institutes should be like temples of wisdom and learning, and sanctuaries of growth and development, he further mentioned. He also suggested that the universities should not conduct events which have no link with education, and character-building should be the main “dharma” of education. The Vice President also emphasized that serving in organisations such as NCC and Scouts Guides should be made compulsory for students so that they can learn more about discipline and empathy.
The purpose of education is developing an individual’s personality holistically. In addition to learning and acquiring knowledge, students should learn how to practice yoga and take part in sports as that is important for developing a sense of equilibrium in the stress-filled world of today.
Naidu also suggested that students should have acquired wisdom, knowledge and ethical principles before they venture out into the world. He also urged the students to explore all the possibilities of offering creative solutions to problems such as climate change faced by the world and the nation.
He further emphasized upon developing a healthy lifestyle and engaging in regular physical activities to keep stress at bay. Naidu advised the youth against getting addicted to the internet and said how constant connectivity is not healthy for children. Parents and teachers can help in this regard by protecting children from the side effects of the internet and technology.