Education is the most powerful means of social transformation, says President Murmu

Education is the most powerful means of social transformation and universities will have to play the role of agents of change, President Draupadi Murmu said on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, according to an official statement.

Furthermore, she noted that many Indian institutions have gained a place in international rankings, but their number is very low. “It should be the goal of every Indian educational institution to become a world-class center of learning,” she said.

“I am sure that if we take the right steps now, our country will definitely emerge as a knowledge superpower,” she added. The President was speaking at the inauguration of St Joseph’s University here.

“Education is the most powerful means of social transformation, our universities must play the role of agents of change. It is the responsibility of educational institutions to train and equip students so that they are prepared for the demands of the future,” Murumu said.

“Students need to be prepared for the future. Today’s young people are ambitious, our universities must respond to their various aspirations, because this original reflection is necessary. Such thinking can lead to rich learning experiences and creative solutions,” she added.

Also present at the event were Thaawarchand Gehlot, Governor of Karnataka; Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister; CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Higher Education; and Archbishop Peter Machado, among others.

Emphasizing that India will have the largest population of young people in the world in the coming decades, the President said our ability to provide them with high quality educational opportunities will determine their future and the future of our country.

She added that many of our students look to the West for higher education and research. “It should be our effort to make our universities globally competitive so that our students have opportunities all over the world.”

Noting that the National Education Policy 2020 is one such effort to align academics with changing needs, Murumu said the NEP also emphasizes critical thinking and innovation.

“However, the skills needed in the modern world are multidimensional. The approach of working and studying in silos will not be effective. It must be a multidisciplinary approach in order to respond to emerging demands,” the president said.

In addition to science and math, a well-rounded curriculum should also include arts and crafts, humanities, sports and fitness, languages ​​and literature, culture and values, she said. added, adding that such an integrated program will help build global capabilities. among the students

With entries from PTI.

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