New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said government schemes are fulfilling Babsaheb’s vision of equal opportunities and equal rights.
He said this while addressing the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors through video conferencing.
Elaborating on Babasaheb’s conviction for equal rights and equal opportunity for all, the Prime Minister emphasized that schemes like Jandhan accounts are leading to financial inclusion of every person and through DBT money is reaching directly to their accounts.
The Prime Minister reiterated country’s commitment to take the message of Babasaheb to each and every person. Developing the key places related to the life of Babasaheb as PanchTeerth is a step in that direction.
He also said that measures like Jal Jeevan Mission, free housing, free electricity, support during pandemic and initiatives for women empowerment are taking forward the dreams of Babasaheb.
Paying tribute to Bharat Ratna, Babasaheb Dr Ambedkar on behalf of the grateful nation, PM Modi said that his Jayanti during the period when the country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, gives us new energy.
PM Modi stressed that India has been the mother of democracy in the world and democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life. Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to move forward while strengthening India’s democratic heritage, said the Prime Minister.
Talking about the philosophy of Babasaheb, the Prime Minister said that Dr Ambedkar considered knowledge, self-respect and politeness as his three revered deities.
“Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights. Through equal rights, emerge social harmony and country progresses. Our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb,” the PM added.
Quoting Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the Prime Minister said that the National Education Policy (NEP) is aimed at fulfilling Dr Radhakrishnan’s vision of education that frees and empowers the student to participate in national development.
“Education management should be undertaken keeping whole world as a unit but also, focussing on Indian character of education.”
Talking about the growing demand for skills in the emerging Aatmnirbhar Bharat, the Prime Minister said that India is being looked upon as future centre of Artificial Intelligence,Internet of Things, big data, 3D printing, Virtual Reality and robotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcare and defence sector.
He also launched four books related to Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar, authored by Kishor Makwana. Governor, Chief Minister and education Minister of Gujarat and Union Education Minister were among those present on the occasion. The event was hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad. (PR)