August 13, 2022
“Education is a human right with immense transformative power. On its foundations lie the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development..” This quote from Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, beautifully highlights the top priority that education should have to transform any nation. As we celebrate 75 years of independence, it is a proud moment for all of us to look back on those glorious years to salute our freedom fighters for their sacrifice and bravery in bringing us freedom and for many of the builders of nations, visionaries and revolutionaries over the past 71/2 decades for their passion and efforts in shaping India into what it is today. Today, India is among the developing countries in the world with all the potential to become a global superpower. India has made huge strides in all segments be it education, science, economy, sports, space, medicine/health, technology and entrepreneurship, India has reached new heights of success. Education reform has been the driving force behind the rapid transformation that is occurring in all areas of the country. Nelson Mandela rightly said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world..”
India’s contribution in medicine, science and manpower provision has been tremendous on the global platform. It is commendable that India has made consistent efforts to free itself from various evils such as poverty, corruption, terrorism, etc. through education and awareness. The key to true freedom is education. One of the major changes in the education sector was the introduction of the new National Education Policy (NEP) which sets out a blueprint for a major overhaul of the way institutions should operate in the country. One of the main things expected is to move away from rote learning and to stimulate inquiry-based learning and skill development. Aligning the current education system with the NEP is the need of the hour to stay creative and innovate in the education segment. There is a huge responsibility to improve life skills and nurture mindfulness by preparing the current generation for an increasingly complex and futuristic world. There is a need to transform educational pedagogy and methodology by creating a dynamic collaboration of experts and reinforcing the positive effects of technology in learning.
With such a young population in the country, India with the education system that not only develops employable graduates but also skilled workers, entrepreneurs, researchers, sportsmen, musicians, managers, educators, scientists, etc. can become a global economic superpower. These “75 Years of Mahotsav Freedom” give us another opportunity to focus on the aspect that with freedom comes responsibility; responsibility to make India a self-reliant nation in the world by ensuring an ecosystem that fosters 21st century education, healthcare, socio-economic and infrastructural development. Building quality human infrastructure is vital and education can easily meet this challenge. It is through education that we can encourage creativity and innovation and integrate children into the teaching-learning process to become lifelong learners.
I wish you a very happy Independence Day! May this celebration of freedom inspire us to take India to greater heights of success in all segments of life. As proud Indians, let us do all we can to see India uplifted and glorified, as Rabindranath Tagore beautifully said: “In this sky of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”