Education should aim at nation-building: Purohit

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Mar 2017 10:39:09

Staff Reporter,

The ultimate aim of education should be nation-building. This can be achieved through ideal teachers like Dr Vinod Asudani. There is an urgent need to change the education system, with determination and transparency, said Governor of Assam and Meghalaya Banwarilal Purohit.

Purohit was speaking during a function to launch Swami Vivekanand Gyan Prabodhini’s Competitive Examination Guidance Project and felicitation of Dr Vinod Asudani, Director of the Project, for getting DLitt from a South American University, here on Monday. The project has been started by Shiksha Sanskruti Utthan Nyas, New Delhi’s Vidarbha Regional Branch and The Blind Relief Association, Nagpur. National Secretary of Shiksha Sanskruti Utthan Nyas Atul Kothari, Chairman of Vidarbha Branch Dr Tapan Chakravarti, Govindlal Agrawal of Shree Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti and Nikhil Mundle of The Blind Relief Association were seated on the dais.

The field of education suffered immensely due to its commercialisation and corrupt persons at the helm of affairs. The ray of hope has been kindled with the efforts to bring about the desired changes in education by the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Purohit said. He appreciated the work of the organisation and extended best wishes for future programmes.

Purohit cited examples from the life of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and academician Ishwarchand Vidyasagar to emphasise the need for honesty, dedication, transparent character for nation-building. He said, Dr Asudani is one among the ideal teacher, whose life and work defies the logic of calling him disabled. Such persons build character of the nation and put example to follow by others.
Atul Kothari also stated that almost all the problems the nation is facing today are fallout of faulty education system. During the post-independence period, the main aim of education could not be finalised and the system framed by the British was blindly followed.

Kothari has been fighting for the last several decades to bring about changes in education system and has succeeded to small extent. The changes in Civil Services Examination is a result of this struggle. He appealed to the people to pressurise the government to bring about the change. The democracy cannot succeed if people remain dependent on the government. It has a true essence in people pressurising the government for bringing about the desired change. Let all work unitedly for freedom of education.

Dr Asudani, in his reply to the felicitation, said, the success of five siblings, all blind, came through the teaching of their parent, who said they can see the light in their life only through education. They followed the teaching and succeeded.

Dr Asudani said that his mission of life is to educate those who are deprived of it, because of disability or economic reasons. He will strive to get equal status for the seven crore disabled (Divyang) throughout his life.
Dr Asudani was felicitated at the hands of Purohit, by offering shawl, shreefal, memento and scroll of honour. Compact Disc (CD) of his anthology of poems ‘Sapno ke Pankh’ was also released on the occasion.

Dr Chakravarti made welcome address. Arvind Londhe made introductory remarks and informed about objectives of the
project. He also thanked the people and organisations which
have extended support to the project. This include The Blind
Relief Association; Dharampeth Education Society and Saadhana Sahakari Bank.