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Jan 27, 2019
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Vice President calls for revisiting education system to impart Indian values

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called for revisiting education system with emphasis on history, heritage, culture, traditions, values and ethos of India. Addressing the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Pannalal Girdharlal Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College, in New Delhi today, Mr Naidu said, the stories of sacrifice, valour and contributions made by the freedom fighters and other leaders should become an important component of the education system. He said, educational institutions must become temples of learning and wisdom and also sanctuaries of peace and harmony, growth and development.

The Vice President emphasized that the atmosphere in university campuses should not be vitiated by conducting events which are not connected with education.  He said that character-building should become the essential dharma of education. Mr Naidu said, serving in organizations like the Scouts and Guides or NCC should be made mandatory for students to inculcate discipline and a sense of empathy to serve the needy. He said, education must focus on developing a holistic personality of the individual. Mr Naidu said, apart from learning and acquiring knowledge, students must also learn to practice yoga and participate in sporting activities as it is essential to develop a sense of equilibrium in the stress-filled world of today. He called upon educational institutions to impart spiritual values as well. 

The Vice President urged students to arm themselves with knowledge, wisdom and ethical principles before they head out into the world. He also asked them to explore the possibilities of providing creative solutions to problems like climate change faced by the nation and the world. 

Terming as a worrisome trend, the growing incidence of lifestyle diseases due to consumption of unhealthy food, sedentary habits and stress, the Vice President called upon the people, particularly youngsters to develop healthy dietary habits and take up regular physical activity. He cautioned the youth against addiction to the internet and said that constant connectivity was proving to be detrimental to children. He asked parents and teachers to protect children from the pitfalls of technology and the internet.

Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman of the Governing Body of PGDAV College T.N. Chaturvedi, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University Prof. Yogesh Tyagi and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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