Life would become a burden without innovations: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Sep 2018 08:48:54


 

NEW DELHI,

“Knowledge and education are not restricted to books. The purpose of education is to enable balanced growth of every dimension of a human being which is not possible without innovation,” says Modi

INDIAN universities and higher educational institutions need to give equal emphasis to innovation as they give to knowledge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday stressing that life would become a burden without innovations. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of ‘Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence’ organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.The Prime Minister also emphasised the importance of  character building over literacy and called for ‘wholesome’ education in the country.


“Knowledge and education are not restricted to books. The purpose of education is to enable balanced growth of every dimension of a human being which is not possible without innovation,” Modi said. “Innovation is very important because without it, life seems like a burden. In our ancient
universities like Takshshila, Nalanda and Vikramashila, innovation was given emphasis along with knowledge.


“I insist that students should give knowledge in classrooms of college, university but they also add them to the aspirations of the country,” he added. Stressing upon the need for “interlinking” the institutions, Modi said no country or person can live in isolation. “Our universities and colleges should be leveraged to find solutions to the challenges facing us. We should interlink institutions to innovate and incubate.

The students should link their classroom learning to the aspirations of the country,” he said. Modi also stressed upon the importance of character-building. “Ambedkar, Deen Dayal Upadhya and Ram Manohar Lohiya always emphasised on character-building over literacy. Swami Vivekananda stressed on wholesome education that makes us a human,” he said.


The PM stressed the importance of preparing good teachers for society. “Scholars and students can take responsibility for spreading digital literacy, and generating greater awareness of government programmes that can improve the ease of living. Youth has given ‘Brand India’ a global identity,” he said. The conference is being attended by vice chancellors and directors of over 350 higher education institutions.


It is being organised jointly by University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ignou, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University.