11 points by Prakash Javadekar on education in India

Education is not the political agenda, it is the national agenda. We do not do politics on Education, said Prakash Javadekar at AAJ Tak Agenda recently. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar spoke on the changing pattern of studies at the AAJ Tak Agenda. After the Right to Education Act was implemented, he confirmed 98 percent of the students have reached school. Speaking of the brain drain issue, he said that the government was looking into the matter and India will build 20 world class universities to prevent this. He also mentioned that the scholarship programmes will be increased in the coming time. Here are 11 points Javadekar highlighted on education: 1. Education is not the political agenda, it is the national agenda. We do not do politics with education. 2. Highlighting the priority of his government, he said that the education system would be improved in a mission mode. The goal of the government was development and education for all. 3. According to a survey, Bihar and UP are prime areas where teachers cannot even speak and spell properly. The government is taking an initiative towards resolving this and motivating teachers by conducting teacher training programmes. 4. There should be uniformity among languages in India. He also spoke on the three-language formula mentioned in the constitution for imparting education which ought to be followed by everyone. 5. People should understand the value and purpose of education which is acceptance, tolerance and empathy. 6. He spoke about the appointment of teachers in Delhi University (DU) and said meetings would be held soon to look into the matter. 7. Speaking on the Kashmir board exams, the minister said that 95 per cent to 99 per cent of the students appeared for the same. When asked about the reduction in the number of the chapters allotted for the exam, he stated that education is not just about mugging up the content, but about the knowledge and values ingrained from the content. 8. As compared to those in other states, the girls in Kashmir are doing much better in education. 9. Ground level implementation will be carried out soon for a credit based system. 10. In order to improve the mental ability of students, yoga should be made mandatory in schools. 11. Almost every student is becoming an engineer. However, humanities must also be encouraged as one should know Indias culture and traditions. IITs must include humanities as a part of their curriculum.

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