Revitalization of Infrastructure and Systems in Education have been initiated says PM Modi

In order to improve the infrastructure of education, revitalisation of infrastructure and systems in education has been initiated, says the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. While speaking after the inauguration of a Conference on ‘Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence’, Modi stressed the importance of education and innovation for the development of the nation.  While inaugurating the conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today, attended by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar and Vice Chancellors and directors of 350 odd varsities, Modi said that innovation was very important and without the same life seemed like a burden, IE reported.

The Prime Minister also laid emphasis on Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy and said that Swami had stressed on wholesome education that made us a human. Quoting Ambedkar and Deen Dayal Upadhya, Modi said, “Dr Ambedkar, Deen Dayal Upadhya and Ram Manohar Lohiya always emphasised on character building over literacy.” Citing the official statement, the report said that the program was jointly organised by educational regulators and institutes like UGC, AICTE, ICSSR, IGNCA, others. The theme of the Conference was 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 the regulation of education.

The conference constitutes breakout sessions which cover eight thematic areas namely:

  • Improving pedagogy for learner-centric education – use of artificial intelligence for customized learning
  • From job seeking to job-creating – improving innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Improving the quality of research – focus on requirements of India
  • Bringing synergy among educational institutions – pooling of academic resources like sharing of libraries and exchange of knowledge
  • Building inclusive and integrated campuses – taking up activities which could bring emotional attachments of students to the campus
  • Participatory Governance models – facilitating the participation of students in governance processes
  • Building robust financial models – supplementing Government resources by getting funds from alumni and also from corporate (CSR)
  • Promoting value education by building in universal values and life skills into education.

The valedictory session is chaired by Javadekar, in which each of the eight groups will make a presentation on the course of action that they have agreed upon. This will be debated further in the Plenary Session and it is expected that a comprehensive action plan would emerge for improving the higher education sector in the country, added the report.

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