Tripura Governor Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki stressed on the need of introducing value-based education where head, heart and hand act in tandem- as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi in his ‘Nayi Talim’ for making a complete human being dedicated to the ‘nation’.
The Governor, while launching the weeklong Swachchta Saptaha and Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth centenary celebration, delivered a highly inspiring speech in the fully packed Maharaja Bir Bikram Auditorium of the Tripura University on Tuesday morning.
As he delivered the speech as Chief Guest of the function, the Governor felt that it had always been imperative to understand Mahatma Gandhi to build the country after independence.
“But, it was not forthcoming. However, after the new government came to power in 2014 the focus was on building new India in the line of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas”, he said.
It may be mentioned here that Tripura University would start a one-month long course on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas on Education for the faculty members – which happened to be first of its kind in the country.
“This course on Mahatma Gandhi’ education ideas, I am confident, will bring about a change in the outlook and life of not only the faculty but also will, in turn, influence the students to a great extent”, opined the Governor.
The Governor also dwelt upon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s emphasis on education which should be rooted in Indian culture and would encourage the spirit of nationalism.
“Tripura University launched weeklong Swachchta Saptaha today which coincides also the birthday of a great man of the country Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
The Governor while seeking to differentiate between ‘literacy’ and ‘education’, exhorted all to ensure imparting ‘education’, which, he said, related to knowledge and wisdom and thus in turn with the ‘Life’.
Prof Solanki exhorted the students to ‘perform’, and perform in such a way that it should ‘transform’ the country.
The Governor also said the Union Government was going to abolish the UGC and bring in its place the ‘National Commission for Higher Education’.
The Human Resource Development Ministry would also be left with the only task of extending financial assistance to the academic institutions. This NCHE would be assigned with the tasks of the entire gamut of education and syllabi of the country.