Maitreyi College of Delhi University recently celebrated its golden jubilee. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who had come to inaugurate the ceremony, talked extensively about the significance of women’s education and how crucial it is for national progress.

He said, “The empowerment of women is critical for any nation to grow. Apart from making students imbibe strong ethical and moral values, education should help to broaden their vision and sharpen their intellect. It also inculcates analytical skills, improves creativity, and makes them think innovatively to develop an inclusive outlook. And schools and colleges play a transformational role in shaping young minds; moulding their character and imparting the right value-based education.”

Naidu also spoke about how education can help increase the country’s GDP. “India was known as Vishwaguru, once upon a time. Our GDP was 27% of the world GDP before ndependence. This is our great past. We have to remember that and reach that goal once again,” said he, TOI reported.

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The budget evaluation this year has also focused on enhancing the scale of education policies in the country. It has led to amending the new National Education Policy.

“The empowerment of women is critical for any nation to grow. Apart from making students imbibe strong ethical and moral values, education should help to broaden their vision and sharpen their intellect. It also inculcates analytical skills, improves creativity, and makes them think innovatively to develop an inclusive outlook”

The idea is to strengthen public institutions in all matters related to traditional knowledge. Special attention will be given to language, sports and mathematics at the school level. To address the problem of inequality in regional subjects, a reform has been established to address such details.

Focusing mainly on rural areas, the plan is for a “modern education policy” for the country before the Modi government’s term ends in May 2019.

A committee headed by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan has tabled the draft and will be presented to the Centre in March.

“The draft is nearing completion. There has been a delay as many of the new schemes presented by this government were deliberated upon by the committee members while recommending the new education policy. The committee asked for an extension in December 2017,” said HRD ministry official.

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