Delegates listening to Kailash Satyarthi  at Sarthak EduVision, 2021 in Bhopal on Tuesday
Delegates listening to Kailash Satyarthi at Sarthak EduVision, 2021 in Bhopal on Tuesday
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BHOPAL: On the second day of Sarthak EduVision, 2021, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said that Indian-ness is like mother’s milk, invaluable and unique. It comprises five qualities — universality, inclusiveness, continuity, equality and acceptance. These qualities are not seen in any other civilisation.

Addressing ‘Invited Talk’ online, Satyarthi said we can be ‘Vishwa Guru’ only through our knowledge and science and not through materialistic approach. He called upon people to provide both security and education to our children.

‘Role of Women in Self-Reliant Bharat’

In the second ‘Invited Talk’ on ‘Role of Women in Self-Reliant Bharat’, Union textile minister Smriti Irani said gender disparity as seen today in society did not exist in the ancient times in Bharat. Interacting online with the national general secretary of the Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, Mukul Kanitkar, she said today, even a soap manufacturer gathers feedback from customers, but the education system is imposed without getting the opinion of parents. “We need to carry out social and psychological research in areas where research hasn’t been done,” she added.

Vice-chancellor of Sanchi Buddhist University Dr Neerja Gupta said the role and contribution of women had been not assessed properly in our society.

‘Philosophy of Education’

In a session on ‘Philosophy of Education’, vice-chancellor of Central Sanskrit University J Bhanumurthy said the Sanskrit language had invaluable and unique knowledge and it was not possible to know it completely in one life.

Prof. Neeraja Gupta said the purpose of education was now limited to five things — a job, two children, a three-room house, a four-wheeler vehicle and a five-digit salary. There is no place for life, trust, society, nation and peace. We’re now carrying the legacy of the same education system which Britons had introduced against our nature. Three Presidency Colleges were opened in 1857 and, since then, hundreds of colleges were opened adopting the same model.

Principal scientific advisor to the Government of India Prof. Vijay Raghavan said there was need to improve and expand the quality of research in all disciplines. Reforms have been put in place today by the government and multiple agencies will fund research.

Valedictory today

The three-day Sarthak EduVision, 2021, will end on Wednesday. Union minister for education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union minister for culture Prahlad Patel and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be present..

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