UK education system meant to create ‘servant class’ in India, changes still needed, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the British had given the country an education system to create a class of servants to meet their own needs and much of it remained unchanged. Addressing a summit here on the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP), Modi said the system should not only produce graduates but provide the human resources needed to move the country forward.

He said that the purpose of the education system created in the country was only to provide jobs. “The British provided this system of education to prepare for themselves a class of servants to meet their needs.” “After independence, there were some changes, but there are still a lot of them,” he said at the inauguration of a three-day meeting organized by the Union Ministry of Education. with the University Scholarship Commission and Banaras Hindu University.

Modi said children are now quoting Google to counter others. “We should create a system on our campuses so that when these students get there in the next few years, they get what they want,” he said. “We need to delve into the challenges and problems and find solutions. The NEP opens doors for education in Indian languages. I am convinced that India could become a global destination for education,” he said. he declares.

The Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam will adopt a “Varanasi Declaration on Higher Education”, outlining India’s commitment to achieving the goals of higher education. The prime minister said “innovative thoughts and new ideas” should be discussed at the summit. He encouraged partnerships between government and universities, asking them to identify their areas of expertise and offer advice.

“You need to identify problems, resources and solutions within 50 to 100 km of the university,” he said, also suggesting that students could study the impact of government programs in these areas. He said the education system should keep pace with a changing world and prepare young people for it.

“In the next 15 to 20 years, India will be in the hands of these children and we should think about how we prepare them. It is our great responsibility. Modi said the system should prepare children for the future at the age when they are curious.

“The era of imposing anything without understanding is over. We have a master plan for education, institutions and human resources, keeping this in mind. Children should be trained according to their talent. Education policy sets the stage for this.” “In a country with so many diversities, the NEP should be welcome,” he said, adding that governments usually just write a document and leave it at that.

“We didn’t let that happen. We have kept this national education policy alive at all times,” he said. Modi referred to the entry of private actors in areas such as space technology, saying that previously only the government was involved. did he declare. “Many new colleges, universities, IITs and IIMs are opening in the country. There was a 55% increase in the number of medical schools after 2014,” he said, referring to the year his first government came to power.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of fieldwork, calling for evidence-based research. He also called for research on the use of India’s demographic dividend and called for finding solutions for aging societies elsewhere in the world. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also attended the summit.

(With PTI inputs)