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Vice President Naidu addresses gathering at Port Blair's Dr BR Ambedkar Institute of Technology
Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, who is currently visiting Andaman & Nicobar Islands, while addressing the gathering at the Dr BR Ambedkar Institute of Technology in Port Blair said that Indian higher education system needs to reinvent itself to respond to the emerging challenges of a rapidly changing knowledge economy, stated an official press release. It should lay equal emphasis on academic excellence and skills for self-employment or gainful employment, he added.

According to the release, the Vice President emphasized the 'need to reorient teaching methods, syllabi and the learning processes to meet the challenges of the globalized 21st century knowledge society, he called for revamping the education system from KG to PG to make it more rigorous, effective and quality- oriented. Emphasis should be there on developing a holistic personality and not merely producing certificate holders.'

He urged, "Educationists and policy-makers must look at the need for coming out with a roadmap for the next 30-50 years with regard to the changing educational and employment scenarios. What kind of professionals will be required in the next few decades and how to reorient our education system to meet the future requirements?"

Here are a few one-liners from his address.

  • For Indian educational institutions to make a mark in the technology-driven digital era, we need to promote research in a big way.
  • We need to inculcate scientific temper and cultivate a scientific outlook right from early childhood.
  • Children should be made to learn through hands-on experiments rather than focusing on rote-learning.
  • Innovative and out-of-box thinking are needed to come out with path-breaking solutions or products.
  • Dedication, passion, commitment, hard work, discipline and perseverance will make realize your dreams and achieve your goals.
Dedication, passion, commitment, hard work, discipline and perseverance will make realize your dreams and achieve your goals.

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