Jalandhar, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday batted for the promotion of mother tongue and national language Hindi.Addressing a convocation at the Lovely Professional University, Mr Venkaiah said that every Indian should speak his mother tongue at home and National language Hindi in his day to day working. He termed English language as the language of spectacles.
He was greeted with clapping by the audience and students of the University as soon he wished the gathering with Sat Sri Akal and Mubarkan in Punjabi.
A South Indian leader and Vice President of India, Mr. Venkaiah expressed his joy of being in Punjab, terming it as the Golden State of India-endowed with nature and people of indomitable spirit, exemplary valor and zest of life.
He applauded the entrepreneurial and hard working nature of the people of the area renowned for the export of sports goods, hand tools and leather goods and said it was the largest NRI belt of North India and a fast emerging hub of education in the state.
Education is the main instrument for socio-economic transformation of the nation and lays the foundation for building a knowledge society. “Education is an investment, an educated individual will indeed serve the society”, said Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
However, it is important for education to produce holistic individuals, who are committed to strong ethical and moral values. “Education which does not mould character is absolutely worthless”, remarked the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Education means the process by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, and intellect is sharpened, as a result of which one can stand on one’s own feet. True education equips the youth to contribute to the material progress of the country as well as to maintain India’s cultural and spiritual heritage.
There is a need to completely overhaul our education system. We cannot allow the status quo to continue. We need to change the system and the change has to be for good, he said.
He said that India is a young nation with 65 per cent of the population under the age of 35 years. We are placed in a uniquely advantageous position as compared to many other nations which have ageing populations.
The time has come for universities to forge organic links with industries and impart skills to the students in accordance with the requirements of the industry. Although, some universities are acting in this direction, it is not enough and there is a need for paradigm shift in teaching and learning methodologies of our universities to enable the students face global competition effectively and with confidence.
The Indian education system faces many challenges. There is a need to increase the number of institutions and universities to meet the growing demand of students seeking higher education and to realize India’s target of a gross enrollment ratio of 30% by 2020.
Our challenge is to ensure the spread of knowledge to every section and every corner of our country. Of course, a great deal of responsibility, in this context, rests upon those who manage education. The regulatory mechanism should facilitate educational institutions to improve quality and ensure minimum standards for excellence in higher education. To take Indian education to the next level, the regulatory bodies need to be open to new ideas and systems.
He distributed degrees to more than 13, 000 students in the convocation. Earlier LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal and Chairman of the Lovely Group Ramesh Mittal welcomed the Vice President.