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Kalam calls for good educational model

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 4 (UNI) President A P J Abdul Kalam today said enquiry, creativity, technology, entrepreneurial and moral leadership must be inculcated in students to develop as enlightened citizens and participate in national development.

''When the students come out of the educational institutions these capacities are required in them to deal with the real world, particularly to grow in their professional career and participate in the national development,'' President Kalam said while inaugurating the national conference on 'Revisit Indian Education- Vision 2020' here.

He suggested that the elements for capacity building be embedded right from the beginning of a students' life from primary education to higher education.

''A good educational model is the need of the hour to ensure that for the students,'' he added.

Dr Kalam said the students must be provided with skills with which they find a way through the sea of knowledge and continue with life long learning.

''Today we are empowered by technology to teach ourselves beyond classrooms and become life-long learners. This is indeed required for sustained economic development of the nation and also individual prosperity,'' he added.

The management of knowledge in the 21st century is beyond the capacity of a single individual and it must shift into the realm of the networked groups, he said.

''The students must learn how to manage knowledge collectively and to work in multi-disciplinary teams. When the information is networked the power and utility of the information grows multifold as predicted by Metcalfe's law,'' he added.

''Every student in our schools and colleges should be brought in contact with technology to aid their learning process,'' the President said.

Dr Kalam said the aptitude for entrepreneurship should be cultivated right from the beginning and in the educational environment both in the Schools and the Colleges.

''If we develop in all our students the five capacities, we will produce 'Autonomous Learner' a self-directed, self controlled, lifelong learner who will have the capacity to both respect authority and at the same time is capable of questioning authority, in an appropriate manner,'' he added.

Dr Kalam said these leaders would work together as a "Self-organizing Network" and transform any nation into a developed nation in a time bound manner.

The President appreciated the initiatives of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT).

However, he said the initiatives must not be limited only to schools following the CBSE syllabus.

''If the same can be applied to all the schools following various state syllabi also, it will have a larger impact. Any new syllabus becomes purposeful only if the teacher absorbs the purpose,'' he said.

''All the more important that our education system has to equip our schools and colleges with teachers who love teaching,'' he added.

The President said the education system has to discover and build on the strength of students and bring out the creativity which will gradually result in development of a responsible citizen.

''Hence, our education system must re-orient itself to help students to know what strengths they own, as every human being born on this planet has been blessed with certain strengths,'' he added.


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