‘A Need Of The Hour Is A Corrective Step With All The Energy And Intensity That Can Be Mustered’
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): The Vice President of India, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari has said that in today’s India in which the operative slogan is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, educational progress starting with quality elementary, secondary and skills education is imperative if all segments of society have to be together. He was addressing the inaugural session of the Seminar on Educational Development of Weaker Sections of our Nation, organized by the Duty Society, AMU, Aligarh on July 29. The President of Duty Society, Dr. Nadeem Tarin, the Chancellor, Sharda University, Mr. P.K. Gupta and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that the lofty ideals enshrined in our Constitution are realizable only through equality of status and opportunity which, in turn, are contingent on an educated citizen body. Citing figures from various government reports on the educational status of SC, ST and Religious minorities, the Vice President said that despite the initiatives of successive governments, the corrective in its totality cannot come from the government alone and has to be supported and supplemented by public and community initiatives. He lamented that this is sporadic, patchy, and very unevenly spread geographically and community-wise and that this lack of community level effort is particularly noticeable amongst the Muslims.
Referring to a couplet from Iqbal, the Vice President said that the requirement is to go beyond ‘guftaar’. A need of the hour is a corrective step with all the energy and intensity that can be mustered, he added.