Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu (File Photo/PIB)
New Delhi: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on March 1, 2022, called for imparting value-based education to children, with emphasis on Indian culture and heritage. He stressed that ‘education is meant for empowerment, enlightenment, and employment not for the mere acquisition of degrees and certificates.’
Deploring the commercialisation of education, he said that education and medicine were treated as missions in the olden days.
“Education must produce socially conscious and responsible citizens who will strive selflessly for the larger good of the society and the country. Nobody will remember if you love yourself but you will become immortal if you live for others, then you will live long in the memory of others,” he added.
VP Naidu was participating in the diamond jubilee celebrations of Sri Patibandla Seetharamaiah High School, Guntur.
Addressing the students, teachers, and parents, the Vice President stressed the importance of holistic education and said that equal attention must be paid to physical fitness and activities like gardening.
He reiterated the need to accord priority to imparting education in mother tongue. It is important to be proficient in one’s mother tongue while learning other languages.
Expressing his concern over the declining values in society, Vice President Naidu appealed to people to elect and support public representatives with 4 Cs— character, capacity, conduct (good), and calibre.
He also stressed the need for people’s representatives to possess discipline and commitment to people’s welfare. The Vice President added he wished to see India as a strong and powerful nation ‘where there is no hunger, no illiteracy, and no discrimination.
Later, the Vice President visited the Annamayya Library in Guntur, which has a rich collection of 2 lakh books, including some rare ones, on wide-ranging subjects.
Naidu said that every village must have a library and called for inculcating reading habit among children from an early age.
Dr. Yalamanchili Sivaji, Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Govinda Rajulu Chintala, Chairman, NABARD, Ganta Subbarao, Headmaster, President, School Management Committee, Patibandla Vishnu Vardhan, Secretary and Correspondent, Sri Patibandla Seetharamaiah High School, Guntur, and others were present during the event. (Press Release)