SANTINIKETAN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the convocation ceremony of Visva-Bharati University via video conferencing on Friday, pointed out that “there are some highly educated and highly skilled persons among terrorists, and there are those who have dedicated themselves in combating Covid-19. It is all about mindset,”.
He asked the “knowledgeable” to work with a positive mindset. “You have to decide whether you want to be part of the problem or you want to find a solution. If you are committed to Ma Bharati you will find a solution,” he said, adding, “Success and failure are not in our hands. But we shouldn’t hesitate to take decisions. Maybe, the outcome is not on your desired lines. Yet, one has to take decisions, take risks to work for a solution without which one loses his youth.
He, however, also cautioned the “knowledgeable and powerful” to have restraint. “One has to be restrained and responsible while in power. The educated should follow the same spirit because knowledge, creativity, skills are not static. There is always a need for progressive unfolding,” the PM said. Modi urged the Visva Bharati family to contribute to India’s 21st century “knowledge economy” with “ek Bharat, shresht Bharat” motto.
“We have allocated Rs 50,000 crore under the National Research Fund to boost research and innovation. Students under the new policy will be able to pursue education in their own language. They will have varied options over the choice of subjects. As part of gender inclusion, the policy imparts training on skill sets from carpentry to coding to girl students from Class VI,” the PM said.
Elaborating on the “ek Bharat” concept, the Prime Minister referred to Tagore’s poem “Shivaji Utsav” in which Gurudev paid tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji and his vision of one India. The PM held that the New Education Policy, 2020 aimed at breaking boundaries with emphasis on developing skill sets, entrepreneurship, research and innovation, gender inclusion as a step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat while remembering Rabindranath Tagore’s bid to free the country’s education system from the fetters of subordination.