New Delhi, Feb 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the school principals of Vidya Bharti, the educational wing of RSS, to work towards addressing the social challenges.
"Vidya Bharti can be a catalyst for the change. Principals should work towards instilling excellence in every aspect of students' lives so that image of the institution can be further raised," Modi said at Akhil Bharatiya Pracharya Sammelan organised by the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan.
The prime minister asked the principals (pracharyas) to work to prepare sportspersons who could win gold medals at the 2020 Olympics.
"We should focus how the schools of Vidya Bharti reach the top. We succeeded in expanding the number of schools but what about quality. Let's make one Vidya Bharti in every state and make it the top school in that state. Why can't we prepare sportspersons who could win gold medals at the olympics," he said.
Modi said that students of Vidya Bharati schools can also work towards bringing positive changes in society especially in areas such as cleanliness and energy conservation.
"Can children from our schools become ambassadors for energy conservation and cleanliness campaign? There are 35 lakh students in Vidya Bharti and if a student go to a single family and pushes them for using LED bulbs, we can save 25000 MW of power," Modi said.
The prime minister emphasised the need to use technology in all aspects of education and to take full advantage of the benefits it offers.
He urged the principals to become torch-bearers of positivity.
Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Smriti Irani was also present on the occasion.
Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan is the educational wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that runs a network of schools across the country.