The three-day National Conference and Expo held in Bhopal on the implementation of National Education Policy, addressed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, eminent educationists had a wide-ranging discussion during the meet.
Bhopal, 19 March
A three-day National Conference and Expo 'Sarthak EduVision 2021' was organized to discuss the implementation of the National Education Policy in Bhopal from 15th to 17th March 2021.
The program was organized by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal in association with the University Grants Commission, Higher Education Commission of India, All India Council for Technical Education, National Board of Accreditation, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, and other esteemed institutions of the country.
On this occasion, various speakers including Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, eminent educationists, teachers and experts from across the country, including many ministers of Madhya Pradesh Government, reckon the objective of implementing the National Education Policy and establishing a sense of Bharatiyata in our education system.
Chief Minister Shri. Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Shri. Nitin Gadkari addressed the introductory session on 14th March. Addressing the gathering at the inaugural session, Union Road Construction Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the road to self-reliant Bharat goes through agriculture and rural economy. Education institute for development should provide technology and solutions according to the requirement of the country and work towards solving the problems. Economic development is necessary but values have to be developed along with it. On this occasion, the Chief Guest of the program, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said there are many dimensions in the National Education Policy, from ancient to scientific education. The objectives of education are to impart knowledge, to develop skills and the values of citizenship. This objective has been there in Bharat's soil for years. He called upon the education world to think in the direction of making a self-reliant MP and asked for suggestions.
The inaugural session of the event commenced with the Vedic mantra chanting and recitation. In the opening session, President of Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi gave a welcome address and threw light on the objectives of the event. Among those who were present in the program were, State Higher Education Minister Shri. Mohan Yadav, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, School Education Minister Shri. Inder Singh Parmar, Culture Minister Sushri Usha Thakur, AICTE Chairman Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, UGC Chairman Prof. D. P. Singh, and Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya Dr. Sunil Kumar.
The program was moderated by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal’s General Secretary Dr. Umashankar Pachauri.
An exhibition based on the Gurukul education system was also inaugurated on the occasion. Gurukul exhibition portrayed the philosophy of Bharatiya education system and knowledge-tradition.
On 15th March, the first day of the expo, Nobel laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus in the Ahuti (invited talk) session said that students have to rise up and identify their own identity so that they can help society with their energy. On this occasion, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar also addressed the gathering, saying there is a need for value-added education in the country. We should establish such an education system where every student is sensitive towards the surroundings and participates in the sustainable development of environment.
In the first session, UGC Chairman Prof. D. P. Singh and AICTE Chairman Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe shared information about the work being done by both institutions in the field of education from the perspective of National Education Policy.
In the session on 'Challenges of Online Education', Shri. J. B. Nadda, Director, Consortium of Educational Communication, notified about the new requirements and facilities available for the digitization of textual content and online education. Major Harsh Kumar, Secretary, NCERT, gave detailed information regarding online education and NCERT’s functioning. After this, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, Dr. Nageshwar Rao expressed his views on the need and limitations of online education. Chairman of M. P. Private University Regulatory Commission Dr. Bharat Sharan Singh also shared his views in this regard.
In the session on 'Education in Bharatiya languages', Acharya Shrinivasa Varakhedi said Bharatiya languages should be encouraged. Prof. Venkateswarlu said that parents' viewpoint has a very important place while choosing the language in education. In the session, Dr. C. V. Raman University Chancellor Dr. Santosh Choubey said that there is no opposition to learning English in the National Education Policy. It is only a matter of giving preference to the mother tongue, he said.
On the second day of expo, on 16th March, in 'Samidha' session, the Vice Chancellor of Central Sanskrit University, Prof. J. K. Bhanumurthy said that the world cannot achieve development and peace without following Bharatiya philosophy and thoughts. Vice Chancellor of Sanchi University Prof. Neerja Gupta said that even today, we are carrying the same education system that Britishers made, which is against our history. She explained that three Presidency Colleges were established in Bharat in 1857, and even today hundreds of thousands of colleges are in our country on the same model. But we should remember that the London University, which was associated with the Presidency Colleges’ establishment, was closed for three years because it was considered impractical by the UK government.
In an online address on 'Education and Secured Childhood', Nobel Laureate Shri. Kailash Satyarthi said Bharatiyata is like mother's milk, which is priceless and unique. It consists of five qualities - universality, inclusiveness, mobility, equality and acceptability, which do not appear in other civilizations.
In the third Ahuti session, the Union Minister of Textiles Smt. Smriti Irani, in her online address on the role of women in self-reliant Bharat, said the foundation of self-reliance is laid by education. In today's Bharat, we see gender discrimination, but in traditional Bharat, there was no discrimination between men and women.
On the vision of multi-disciplinary research, the Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of Bharat, Prof. Vijay Raghavan said the government has made many systemic reforms. In the coming time, many agencies will provide funds for research. He said research should be available in both English and regional languages. Dr. Shantanu Bhattacharya affirmed through the National Research Foundation (NRF) that all subjects will get adequate funds for research. Vice Chancellor of Gurukul University, Prof. Siddegowda said the NRF would encourage high quality research. Director of Inter-University Centre, Dr. Avinash C. Pandey said teaching, research, and extension are connected to each other. National education policy will eliminate compartmentalization in education.
On the last day of program, on 17th March, in a discussion session organized on the topic 'Quality and Accreditation System in Education System’, Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa, Member Secretary, National Board of Accreditation informed about the system developed to ensure the necessary quality and standards in National Education Policy. At the same time, Chairman of Admission and Fee Control Committee, Dr. Ravindra Kanhere said for the meaningfulness of outcome-based education, coordination between universities and industries is necessary. Prof. K. G. Suresh, Vice Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication said, through the National Education Policy, the provision of accreditation has been made for the first time in the Bharatiya education system.
In a video message on 'Education, Culture and Values', Union Minister of Culture Shri. Prahlad Patel said education is not limited to mathematics and science; it is also related to ethics and conduct. At the same time, Minister of Culture and Tourism for Madhya Pradesh Govt. Sushri Usha Thakur said the National Education Policy will make Bharat ‘Jagadguru’. If students do not read the past, how will they make the present. On the occasion, Dr. Govind Sharma, President of National Book Trust said education, culture and ethos are the essence of Triveni. Everyone should take a dip into it. Education is the basic foundation of society. At the same time, Dr. Dinesh Kumar said that imagination comes from literature, so language was given a lot of emphasis in the National Education Policy. Dr Omkar Rai, Director General of Software Technology Parks of India said that the National Education Policy is technology intensive.
Addressing the concluding session of 'Sarthak Education 2021', Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said that Central Govt. has made a provision of 50,000 crores via National Research Foundation to take the country forward in the direction of research and patents. The National Education Policy will definitely establish Bharat as a super power of knowledge. He appreciated the work being done by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal towards the implementation of National Education Policy. Addressing the session, the Minister of Sports, Youth Welfare and Technical Education of M. P. Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia said there is no shortage of talent in the society, it just needs direction. Only the experience and guidance of academicians can bring practical changes to the education system. Science and Technology Minister Shri. Om Prakash Sakhlecha said many countries have made unprecedented progress by adopting the Bharatiya Model but we receded due to our short-sightedness and British-funded system. The National Education Policy will help us in getting our lost legacy. At the same time, School Education Minister Shri. Inder Singh Parmar said that the work which the government should have done has been done by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal. Prof. Jayant Sonwalkar, Vice-Chancellor of Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University conducted the program.
Madhya Bharat Prant President of Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, Dr. Ashish Dongre expressed his gratitude for the success of the program. The three-day program was attended by eminent academicians, representatives of industrial houses, Vice Chancellors, students, and the enlightened section of the society.
On this occasion, the Organizing Secretary of Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, Shri. Mukul Kanitkar presented ‘Framework for Action’ after the three-day brainstorming. All the organizers, scholars, experts, demonstrators and other participating audience of this grand educational expo took 9 resolutions for the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020.
MoUs were also signed between several universities and institutes on this occasion. RFRF signed MoU with Dhanush Infotech Hyderabad, SAGE University, RGPV, EduNurtures Bengaluru, and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University of Social Sciences. Mahatma Gandhi Central University also signed MoU with Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication.
At the event, the Chairman of AICTE and UGC held an open discussion with 150 Vice Chancellors. RFRF organized an open discussion with the Vice Chancellors and industrial organizations, which included 120 delegates. More than 150 educational institutes, ministries and industries set up their own stalls in the expo. Ministers of Central and Madhya Pradesh government, Chairpersons of UGC and AICTE, officials of various regulatory bodies, Vice Chancellors and experts from different backgrounds visited the vibrant stalls at the expo. At the same time, the stall representatives got an opportunity to have a discussion with the audience.