Nagaland Governor P B Acharya on Friday called for a paradigm shift to skill development in the education system.
Acharya said it is about time that the education system needs radical reforms so as to put a stop on the trend of ‘mass produce’ of educated youth who eventually end up as unemployed.
He said this while giving away Governor’s awards to toppers, subject toppers in MILs and skill education subjects and also late Dr Neilhouzhü Kire Angami Award to rank holders of HSLC and HSSLC examinations 2018 at Raj Bhavan in Kohima.
Acharya said the State continued to produce large numbers of educated youth who remain unemployed since the government cannot absorb all of them.
He, therefore, called for changing priorities and reforming the education system so that youth were encouraged to become entrepreneurs and enabling them to provide employment to others.
The Governor also lauded Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) for introducing skill education subjects like foundation of information technology, information technology enabling services, travel and tourism, retail and healthcare services.
In the light of the centre being on a mission to skill youth, Acharya stressed on the need to introduce skill education subjects in the school curricula which was essential for the country to move forward.
Keeping in mind the importance of skill development of students and teaching them about dignity of labour, Acharya said Raj Bhavan has instituted awards in skill education subjects as well as in major/modern Indian languages from this year.
Therefore he said the goal should be to re-orient the education system and help students realise their full potential by focusing not only on academic excellence but also on development of appropriate life skills required for competing and becoming resourceful citizens.