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Vice President Naidu addresses gathering at Regional Institute of Education in Mysuru
Addressing the gathering at Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Mysuru, on July 13, Vice President M Venakaiah Naidu said that the goal of education was not merely to get employment but it must lead to enlightenment and empowerment of the individual by fostering humane qualities, stated a press release.

Earlier, Naidu had laid the foundation stone  of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan auditorium at RIE premises. He called upon teachers to do away with rote method and make class-room learning an interesting and enjoyable experience along with using technology to update and hone the skills of students instead of making learning a mechanical exercise.

He pointed out that the goal of education was not merely to get employment but it must lead to enlightenment and empowerment of the individual by fostering humane qualities and maintaining high standards of teaching were as important as imparting right values and moulding students into responsible and socially-conscious citizens.

Referring to India's revered Guru Shishya Parampara, Naidu said that it sustained and a healthy understanding between teacher and pupil and also helped in the all round development of the student, added the release.

"I am sure that the draft National Policy on Education, which is being debated, will pave the way for a resurgent educational system that contributes for the prosperity and well-being of all our people. In this context, it is important to note that the quality of learning is determined primarily by teacher competence, skills, commitment and motivation.  The academic and professional standards of teachers constitute a critical component of the essential learning conditions for achieving the educational goals," read the released text of Naidu's address.

He added, "Both pre-service and in-service training of teachers is a major area of concern at present. Pre-service training needs to be improved and differently regulated both in government sectors and private institutions, while systems for in-service training require expansion and major reform." He called on teachers to strive collectively in making India the knowledge and innovation hub of the 21st century.

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