While talking about the National Education Policy 2020, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that there is a need to reimagine, reinvent and re-engineer the entire education system to effectively meet the many formidable challenges of the 21st century.
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 would facilitate India to fully realise the demographic dividend and make the country a knowledge and innovation hub in the 21st century, he said while addressing the 21st foundation day celebrations of Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence.
On this occasion, the vice president also talked about the various teachings and characteristics of Swami Vivekananda, who was an ancient Indian philosopher with several important teachings.
“Vivekananda worked tirelessly for the nation”
He said Swami Vivekananda told the world about the importance of the ancient Indian philosophy of Vedanta and the spirit of universality, tolerance and acceptance that underpins ancient Indian thought.
Vivekananda understood the soul of the nation and the ethos of its culture and endeavored to rebuild it on the noblest ideals that were enshrined in its spiritual foundations of Sanatana Dharma, Naidu said.
He further said, “We need many more educational institutions that will take the universal teachings of giants like Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Pramahamsa and their interpretations closer to the common man.”
The vice president said that he saw an imminent need to reimagine, reinvent and re-engineer the entire education system if we are to effectively meet the many formidable challenges of the 21st century. He also asserted that the nation must not fail to leverage this great competitive advantage.
Education is meant to enlighten: Naidu
He emphasized that education is meant not only to make a living and live a comfortable life. “What is more important is education must enable an individual to become a well-rounded person with grit, moral courage, equanimity, empathy and spiritual strength. Education is meant to enlighten and empower an individual,” he said.
He said that education must result in the creation of an integrated person, a person who is empathetic, active, competent, humble and hardworking, a person who is open to new ideas, tolerant to different viewpoints and committed to world peace and collaborative, collective human progress.
Naidu said that the new education policy reflects the ideals of Vivekananda. He expressed confidence that the policy would facilitate India to fully realise the demographic dividend and make the country a knowledge and innovation hub in the 21st century.
(With PTI inputs)
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